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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What refers to a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position?
(a) Propaganda.
(b) Pseudo-event.
(c) Newspaper.
(d) Stereotype.

2. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin discusses the formation of what as a communication device for government officials?
(a) The leak.
(b) The FBI.
(c) The mobile phone.
(d) The wire tap.

3. Established by Boorstin, what is the second way pseudo-events can overshadow real or spontaneous events?
(a) They are less dramatic.
(b) They can be repeated.
(c) They are more dramatic.
(d) They are easier to distribute.

4. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin uses an example from the 1950s in which a story was released about an imminent attack by whom?
(a) Iraq.
(b) Russia.
(c) China.
(d) Iran.

5. When was Al Capone indicted for income tax evasion and various violations of the Volstead Act?
(a) 1941.
(b) 1931.
(c) 1940.
(d) 1919.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pseudo-events, according to Boorstin, create distortion through what?

2. What book of Walter Lippman's does Boorstin cite, in Chapter 1 - Section V?

3. What term refers to an activity that exists for the sole purpose of the media publicity and serves little to no other function in real life?

4. What term refers to that which is not participating readily or actively?

5. Karl Baedeker followed the model of English guide books instituted by whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boorstin relate of technology and the sciences in Chapter 2 - Section II?

2. How do the personalities of celebrities evolve, according to Boorstin?

3. Who was Charles Lindbergh? What does Boorstin assert of him?

4. How does Boorstin distinguish pseudo-events from propaganda?

5. What does Boorstin assert of travelers' dissociation since the advent of tourism?

6. Who was Karl Baedeker? What did he pioneer?

7. What example does Boorstin offer for "the leak" in Chapter 1 - Section IV?

8. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

9. What aspect of the pseudo-event does Boorstin explore in Chapter 1 - Section IV?

10. How does Boorstin describe tourism in America in Chapter 3 - Section V?

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