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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. Boorstin concludes that the United States in now locked in a pattern of "____" in which "we have fallen in love with our own image."
(a) Social narcissism.
(b) Pseudo-reality.
(c) Creative narcissism.
(d) Capitalist thought.

2. What refers to purpose or attitude toward the effect of one's actions or conduct?
(a) Action.
(b) Desire.
(c) Intention.
(d) Conflict.

3. Boorstin writes that the image must exist in a kind of liminal state "between expectation and" what?
(a) Logic.
(b) Reality.
(c) Truth.
(d) Morality.

4. What refers to something that is changed or modified to suit new conditions or needs?
(a) Redaptation.
(b) Adaptation.
(c) Conductation.
(d) Inductation.

5. Boorstin writes that our enemies profit from the fact they are known only, or primarily, through their what?
(a) Ideals.
(b) Images.
(c) Reality.
(d) Politics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Publishers' Weekly first published?

2. Boorstin writes that advertising helps to make a shift from what is true to what is what?

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

4. In Chapter 6 - Section II, Boorstin warns that America has spent too much time attempting to "perfect our image rather than" what?

5. What company advertised the fact that the bottles were "steam-sterilized," neglecting to mention the fact that all the other beer companies used the same process?

Short Essay Questions

1. What suggestions does Boorstin give to the American people at the close of the book?

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

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

4. What is the fourth aspect of the image, according to Boorstin in Chapter 5 - Section I?

5. What does Boorstin write of stage and film adaptations in Chapter 4 - Section VI?

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

7. What does Boorstin write of the evolution of linguistics and the pseudo-event in Chapter 6 - Section III?

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

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

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

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