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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. What does Boorstin call "a person who is known for his well-knownness"?
(a) Debutante.
(b) Politician.
(c) Heiress.
(d) Celebrity.

2. What was the distance of Charles Lindbergh's historic monoplane flight across the Atlantic?
(a) 4,000 miles.
(b) 2,500 miles.
(c) 3,000 miles.
(d) 3,600 miles.

3. What form of travel, initiated by Thomas Cook, had the traveler go independently, while Cook's agency charged for travel, food, and accommodation for a fixed period over any chosen route?
(a) Independent travel.
(b) Inclusive independent travel.
(c) Interactive independent travel.
(d) Exclusive independent travel.

4. What first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police was best known for his involvement in the Lindbergh kidnapping case?
(a) Norman Schwarzkopf.
(b) Michael Jameson.
(c) Paul Skawinski.
(d) Anderson Williams.

5. Who opened the first motel as a new form of accommodation in Memphis, Tennessee in 1952?
(a) Conrad Hilton.
(b) James Anderson.
(c) Kemmons Wilson.
(d) William Berkshire.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote Crystallizing Public Opinion?

2. Boorstin posits that in addition to destroying old heroes ____ has made it difficult to create and recognize new heroes.

3. When was Thomas Cook born?

4. Boorstin suggests, in Chapter 2 - Section 1, that heroes can now be what?

5. What term does Boorstin assert has been relegated to the experiences of young children or naïve adults?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boorstin write all tourist attractions share, in Chapter 3 - Section IV? What effect does this have on travelers?

2. How did Conrad Hilton establish his hotel empire? Where was his first hotel built?

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

4. What has psychological analysis done to the old heroic form, according to Boorstin?

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

6. What aspects does Boorstin describe of pseudo-events in Chapter 1?

7. What subject does Boorstin address in Chapter 1 - Section V? How have pseudo-events distorted image?

8. Who defined the term "stereotype," in Chapter 1 - Section V? How does Boorstin relate this definition?

9. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

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

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