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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 word refers to that which is coming or resulting from a natural impulse or tendency, without effort or premeditation, natural and unconstrained?
(a) Instantaneous.
(b) Combustive.
(c) Spontaneous.
(d) Structured.

2. Boorstin writes that the telling of news has changed from reporting what was seen to what?
(a) Commenting on what is seen.
(b) Actively creating what is seen.
(c) Reacting to what is seen.
(d) Participating in what is seen.

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

4. What term refers to widespread reputation, especially of a favorable character of renown and public eminence?
(a) Prowess.
(b) Fame.
(c) Greatness.
(d) Celebrity.

5. Pseudo-events, according to Boorstin, create distortion through what?
(a) Falsehood.
(b) Ambiguity.
(c) Propaganda.
(d) Complication.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much were tickets on Thomas Cook's first train tour?

2. 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?

3. How many people were aboard Thomas Cook's first train tour to Scotland?

4. What is the official log of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress?

5. What is the second of the "extravagant expectations" held by Americans, according to Boorstin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Boorstin describe tourism in America in Chapter 3 - Section V?

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

7. Who was Thomas Cook? What industry did he expand?

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

9. How did Charles Lindbergh succumb to celebrity, according to Boorstin?

10. How do the personalities of celebrities evolve, according to Boorstin?

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