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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 refer to pseudo-events as, in Chapter 1 - Section IV?
(a) Appealing falsehoods.
(b) Ambiguous falsehoods.
(c) Ambiguous truths.
(d) Stereotypes.

2. When did Al Capone die?
(a) 1947.
(b) 1965.
(c) 1949.
(d) 1951.

3. The argument is made, in Chapter 3 - Section IV, that the objects in museums were ____ from the homes of the wealthy and famous to be available for all to view.
(a) Hijacked.
(b) Stolen.
(c) Smuggled.
(d) Liberated.

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

5. What word means to represent concretely, to externalize?
(a) Objectify.
(b) Project.
(c) Dejectify.
(d) Assert.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were Thomas Cook's circular notes better known as?

2. When did Mussolini become the Prime Minister of Italy?

3. In what year did popular publications print articles showing the car was cheaper to operate than the horse?

4. What is the third characteristic of the pseudo-event, according to Boorstin?

5. When did the development of hotels with leisure complexes become a popular development in the United States?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Boorstin describe pseudo-events in the political arena, in Chapter 1 - Section III? What examples does he offer?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the effect of the extravagant expectations held by Americans, according to Boorstin?

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

10. What does Boorstin write can be mass-produced today, in Chapter 2 - Section I? Why?

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