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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 third characteristic of the pseudo-event, according to Boorstin?
(a) It is ambiguous.
(b) Its purpose is to be recreated or reported.
(c) It is intended as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
(d) It is intentionally created.

2. Boorstin states, in Chapter 3 - Section I, that in today's travel there is very little what?
(a) Time.
(b) Interaction.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Risk.

3. Boorstin asserts that the influx of pseudo-events has caused the confusion of participant and what roles?
(a) Catalyst.
(b) Instigator.
(c) Viewer.
(d) Creator.

4. Boorstin writes that critical history and critical biography have reduced heroes to mere pawns of what?
(a) Chess.
(b) The media.
(c) Social forces.
(d) The public.

5. Where was Karl Baedeker observed to drop a pea on every twentieth step of the staircase to the roof, so he could report the number of steps accurately?
(a) The Sistine Chapel.
(b) The Louvre.
(c) St. Patrick Cathedral.
(d) Milan Cathedral.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Boorstin call "a person who is known for his well-knownness"?

2. Where did Conrad Hilton purchase his first hotel?

3. The argument is made, in Chapter 3 - Section IV, that the objects in museums were ____ from the homes of the wealthy and famous to be available for all to view.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What suggestion does Boorstin state for Americans to improve their image to the world?

2. What does Boorstin write all tourist attractions share, in Chapter 3 - Section IV? What effect does this have on travelers?

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

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

5. What is Boorstin's subject in Chapter 6 - Section IV? How is the effect discussed defined?

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

7. What changes to the printing industry does Boorstin describe in Chapter 4 - Section I?

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

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

10. What is the first aspect of "successful advertising" described by Boorstin? What example does he provide?

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