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

2. What term refers to that which is not participating readily or actively?
(a) Passive.
(b) Interactive.
(c) Subjective.
(d) Objective.

3. When was Al Capone indicted for income tax evasion and various violations of the Volstead Act?
(a) 1919.
(b) 1940.
(c) 1941.
(d) 1931.

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

5. When did Thomas Cook conduct his first train tour?
(a) 1901.
(b) 1852.
(c) 1841.
(d) 1865.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What word refers to that which is important, highly significant, or consequential?

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

5. In Chapter 1 - Section V, Boorstin discusses a change in the way people relate to truth and to what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did the "Crime of the Century" affect Lindbergh's celebrity?

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

4. What has eroded the old heroic form, according to Boorstin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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