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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 refers to a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position?
(a) Pseudo-event.
(b) Propaganda.
(c) Newspaper.
(d) Stereotype.

2. What people does Boorstin assert were able to express, ritualize, and create heroes, in Chapter 2 - Section II?
(a) Masses.
(b) Folks.
(c) Population.
(d) Public.

3. What book of Walter Lippman's does Boorstin cite, in Chapter 1 - Section V?
(a) Mein Kampf.
(b) Sociological Justices.
(c) Public Opinion.
(d) The Origins of Family.

4. In his argument in Chapter 2 - Section IV, what does Boorstin suggest are created by the media?
(a) Pseudo-events.
(b) Celebrities.
(c) Heroes.
(d) Politicians.

5. What title did Mussolini go by after 3 years in office as Prime Minister?
(a) Il Deuce.
(b) Il Capitain.
(c) Mein Furor.
(d) Il Furor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What term refers to an activity that exists for the sole purpose of the media publicity and serves little to no other function in real life?

2. In Chapter 1 - Section II, Boorstin discusses the temptation of newsmen to make images that were what?

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

4. What term refers to that which is of foreign origin or character, not native, introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized?

5. Established by Boorstin, what is the third way pseudo-events can overshadow real or spontaneous events?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

9. What does Boorstin relate of technology and the sciences in Chapter 2 - Section II?

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

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