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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 French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, and photographer is frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism?
(a) Jean Baudrillard.
(b) Jean Michele Foucault.
(c) Jean Francois.
(d) Michael Foucault.

2. In Chapter 6 - Section I, Boorstin asserts that America has experienced a move from what to images?
(a) Concepts.
(b) Morals.
(c) Thoughts.
(d) Ideals.

3. Boorstin writes that the amount of dissociation has become so absolute that what no longer feels real?
(a) The media.
(b) The pseudo-reality.
(c) The pseudo-event.
(d) The natural.

4. What is the second characteristic of the image, according to Boorstin?
(a) It is believable.
(b) It is ambiguous.
(c) It is simplified.
(d) It is synthetic.

5. When was Reader's Digest founded?
(a) 1911.
(b) 1900.
(c) 1949.
(d) 1922.

Short Answer Questions

1. Boorstin states, regarding foreign affairs, "I suspect we suffer abroad simply because people know America through" what?

2. What is the science of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics?

3. When was Publishers' Weekly first published?

4. What refers to reputation or influence arising from success, achievement, rank, or other favorable attributes?

5. What refers to something that exists independently of ideas concerning it?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are the first two aspects of images discussed by Boorstin in Chapter 5 - Section I?

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

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

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

10. What does Boorstin believe is responsible for the mass production of art? What effect does this cause?

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