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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. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin suggests that leaks are a form of what by governments?
(a) Peace negotiations.
(b) Amnesty.
(c) Testing.
(d) Arbitration.

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

3. When was Benito Mussolini born?
(a) 1883.
(b) 1905.
(c) 1911.
(d) 1869.

4. Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in what year?
(a) 1929.
(b) 1933.
(c) 1938.
(d) 1945.

5. What is the second of the "extravagant expectations" held by Americans, according to Boorstin?
(a) There is always more that the world can provide.
(b) We have unlimited power to fashion the world to our desires.
(c) Money can buy anything.
(d) Time is of the essence.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wrote Crystallizing Public Opinion?

2. Boorstin asserts that the influx of pseudo-events has caused the confusion of participant and what roles?

3. What term refers to widespread reputation, especially of a favorable character of renown and public eminence?

4. What is the fourth quality of the pseudo-event, according to Boorstin?

5. What political party did Benito Mussolini lead?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Boorstin write of the changing nature of travel in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

6. What argument is made regarding the objects on display in museums in Chapter 3 - Section IV?

7. What comparison does Boorstin make between celebrities and heroes in Chapter 2 - Section IV?

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

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

10. How was the second story a pseudo-event in Boorstin's example of "the leak" in Chapter 1 - Section IV?

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