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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 is the first of the "extravagant expectations" held by Americans, according to Boorstin?
(a) There is always more that the world can provide.
(b) We have unlimited power to fashion the world to our desires
(c) Time is of the essence.
(d) Money can buy anything.

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

3. With whom did Charles Lindbergh sign a contract for his story of the famous monoplane flight?
(a) CBS.
(b) USA Today.
(c) Chicago Tribune.
(d) New York Times.

4. What does Boorstin claim increased the ease of creation and transmission of several different types of media?
(a) World Wide Web.
(b) The printing press.
(c) Media Revolution.
(d) Graphic Revolution.

5. What was the name of the plane that Charles Lindbergh made his flight across the Atlantic in?
(a) The Spirit of America.
(b) The Lindbergh Jewel.
(c) The Lucky Lindy.
(d) The Spirit of St. Louis.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Thomas Cook born?

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

3. Who wrote Crystallizing Public Opinion?

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

5. What term does Boorstin assert has been relegated to the experiences of young children or naïve adults?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How was the second story a pseudo-event in Boorstin's example of "the leak" in Chapter 1 - Section IV?

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

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

5. What does Boorstin assert of travelers' dissociation since the advent of tourism?

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

7. What extravagant expectations does Boorstin assert consumes the American psyche?

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

9. How does Boorstin distinguish pseudo-events from propaganda?

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

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