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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. Where was Karl Baedeker born?
(a) Switzerland.
(b) Russia.
(c) Essen.
(d) Poland.

2. What term refers to that which is of foreign origin or character, not native, introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized?
(a) Dangerous.
(b) Exotic.
(c) Other.
(d) Indiginous.

3. What word refers to that which is important, highly significant, or consequential?
(a) Greatness.
(b) Fame.
(c) Wealth.
(d) Poverty.

4. What does Boorstin assert inevitably give a false representation of a country because they have been specially selected and taken from context?
(a) Restaurants.
(b) The media.
(c) Tour guides.
(d) Tourist attractions.

5. Established by Boorstin, what is the first way pseudo-events can overshadow real or spontaneous events?
(a) They are more dramatic.
(b) They are easier to distribute.
(c) They can be repeated.
(d) They are less dramatic.

Short Answer Questions

1. In his argument in Chapter 2 - Section IV, what does Boorstin suggest create themselves?

2. Who developed a technique of calling morning press conferences to announce afternoon press conferences in order to enhance his prestige?

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

4. When was Charles Lindbergh born?

5. Who wrote Mein Kampf?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

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