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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Boorstin states that psychological analysis has effectively turned the actions of heroes into compensations for what?
(a) Internal psychopathology.
(b) Internal insignificance.
(c) Internal neurosis.
(d) Internal psychology.

2. What was the name of the plane that Charles Lindbergh made his flight across the Atlantic in?
(a) The Spirit of St. Louis.
(b) The Lucky Lindy.
(c) The Spirit of America.
(d) The Lindbergh Jewel.

3. Boorstin posits that in addition to destroying old heroes ____ has made it difficult to create and recognize new heroes.
(a) The printing press.
(b) News media.
(c) Democracy.
(d) Technology.

4. Boorstin suggests, in Chapter 1 - Section V, that the advances made in American society have served to "blur the edges of" what?
(a) Truth.
(b) Commercialism.
(c) Reality.
(d) Commerce.

5. What refers to a tendency in contemporary culture characterized by the rejection of objective truth and global cultural narrative or meta-narrative?
(a) Hyper-reality.
(b) Nonreality.
(c) Pseudo-event.
(d) Post-modernism.

Short Answer Questions

1. With whom did Charles Lindbergh sign a contract for his story of the famous monoplane flight?

2. How many main "extravagant expectations" does Boorstin posit Americans hold?

3. In his argument in Chapter 2 - Section IV, what does Boorstin suggest create themselves?

4. When was Adolf Hitler born?

5. What was the departure site for Charles Lindbergh's historic monoplane flight across the Atlantic Ocean ?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boorstin write of the American concept of "greatness," in Chapter 2 - Section I?

2. What does Boorstin write of the evolution of linguistics and the pseudo-event in Chapter 6 - Section III?

3. How does Boorstin compare domestic and foreign issues in Chapter 6 - Section III?

4. How does Boorstin describe the power of celebrity to obscure and destroy the heroic?

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

6. What is the third aspect of "successful advertising" described by Boorstin? How is it defined?

7. How does Boorstin compare travel of the past with the present, in Chapter 3 - Section I?

8. What has eroded the old heroic form, according to Boorstin?

9. What does Boorstin write of the news industry in Chapter 1 - Section I?

10. What does Boorstin write of stage and film adaptations in Chapter 4 - Section VI?

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