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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 term means to make uniform or similar, as in composition or function?
(a) Conform.
(b) Homogenize.
(c) Uniformize.
(d) Amass.

2. When was the Ford Model T introduced?
(a) 1900.
(b) 1916.
(c) 1895.
(d) 1908.

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

4. What refers to a tendency in contemporary culture characterized by the rejection of objective truth and global cultural narrative or meta-narrative?
(a) Hyper-reality.
(b) Pseudo-event.
(c) Post-modernism.
(d) Nonreality.

5. Boorstin opens Chapter 3 - Section VI talking about the changes in our understanding of time and what?
(a) Family.
(b) Commerce.
(c) Space.
(d) Travel.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Al Capone born?

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

3. What people does Boorstin assert were able to express, ritualize, and create heroes, in Chapter 2 - Section II?

4. What political party did Benito Mussolini lead?

5. In what year did Karl Baedeker start his publishing company?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Boorstin describe the power of celebrity to obscure and destroy the heroic?

7. What does Boorstin write of "local atmosphere" in tourist destinations?

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

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

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

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