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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. Who does Boorstin claim was a major figure of presidential creation of pseudo-events, including his solidification of the presidential press conference and his fireside chats?
(a) Hubert Humphrey.
(b) Franklin D. Roosevelt.
(c) John F. Kennedy.
(d) Dwight Eisenhower.

2. What does Boorstin claim increased the ease of creation and transmission of several different types of media?
(a) The printing press.
(b) Media Revolution.
(c) World Wide Web.
(d) Graphic Revolution.

3. What term is used in semiotics and postmodern philosophy to describe a hypothetical inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from fantasy?
(a) Nonreality.
(b) Pseudo-event.
(c) Superreality.
(d) Hyper-reality.

4. What is the second quality of the pseudo-event described by Boorstin?
(a) It is intended as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
(b) It is intentionally created.
(c) Its purpose is to be recreated or reported.
(d) It is ambiguous.

5. When did Mussolini become the Prime Minister of Italy?
(a) 1922.
(b) 1911.
(c) 1949.
(d) 1915.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who opened the first motel as a new form of accommodation in Memphis, Tennessee in 1952?

2. What refers to a tendency in contemporary culture characterized by the rejection of objective truth and global cultural narrative or meta-narrative?

3. Boorstin opens Chapter 3 - Section VI talking about the changes in our understanding of time and what?

4. Who wrote Crystallizing Public Opinion?

5. What is the first aspect of a pseudo-event, according to Boorstin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boorstin write of the impact of the Graphic Revolution, in Chapter 1 - Section II?

2. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

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

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

5. What did the advent of tourism do for the American traveler, according to Boorstin?

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

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

8. What does Boorstin write of "local atmosphere" in tourist destinations?

9. How did Baedeker expand his publications? What was the "star system"?

10. How did the "Crime of the Century" affect Lindbergh's celebrity?

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