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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. In Chapter 6 - Section II, Boorstin warns that America has spent too much time attempting to "perfect our image rather than" what?
(a) Ourselves.
(b) Our politics.
(c) Our ideals.
(d) Our foreign policy.

2. Where is Reader's Digest based?
(a) Chappaqua, New York.
(b) San Francisco, California.
(c) New York, New York.
(d) Portland, Oregon.

3. Daniel J. Boorstin was appointed twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress from 1975 until when?
(a) 1987.
(b) 1994.
(c) 1979.
(d) 1982.

4. Boorstin claims that in the effort to make art and literature accessible to all, these forms of expression were what?
(a) Destroyed.
(b) Embellished.
(c) Disembodied.
(d) Diminished.

5. What editor and co-editor of Publishers' Weekly guided the publication through much of the 20th century?
(a) Jefferson Andrews.
(b) Henry J. Williamson.
(c) Frederic Gershom Melcher.
(d) Neil Jackson Smith.

Short Answer Questions

1. What book by Walter Lippman does Boorstin discuss in Chapter 5 - Section VI?

2. When did P.T. Barnum purchase Scudder's American Museum?

3. What system does Boorstin assert affected "traditional forms of achievement," in Chapter 4 - Section VIII?

4. What refers to something that is changed or modified to suit new conditions or needs?

5. What word does Boorstin suggest we created out of the need to express the specialness of that which is real, in Chapter 6 - Section III?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boorstin assert are the greatest challenges for America and our relationship to the rest of the world?

2. What is the third aspect of "successful advertising" described by Boorstin? How is it defined?

3. What is the second aspect of "successful advertising" described by Boorstin? How is it defined?

4. How does Boorstin view the impact of advertising on the American psyche?

5. How does Boorstin define "passivity" in the image in Chapter 5 - Section I?

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

7. What changes took place in the binding industry for printmaking? What effect did this have?

8. What shift in the American psyche does Boorstin describe in Chapter 6 - Section I?

9. How does Boorstin compare domestic and foreign issues in Chapter 6 - Section III?

10. How does Boorstin define "ideal-thinking" and "image-thinking"?

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