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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) Capitalist thought.
(b) Creative narcissism.
(c) Pseudo-reality.
(d) Social narcissism.

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

3. In Chapter 5 - Section IV, Boorstin describes how the appearance of advertising has caused a movement from focusing on truth to focusing on what?
(a) Credibility.
(b) Need.
(c) Desire.
(d) Commerce.

4. Boorstin suggests that the graphic revolution and what else are mostly responsible for the abridgment and the mass production of art?
(a) Media.
(b) Democracy.
(c) Commercialism.
(d) Capitalism.

5. Boorstin begins Chapter 5 - Section II discussing the differences between "ideal-thinking" and what?
(a) Image thinking.
(b) Commercial thinking.
(c) Logic thinking.
(d) Concept thinking.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 5 - Section IV, Boorstin states, "By sharpening our images we have blurred all our" what?

2. When was Reader's Digest founded?

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

4. What does Boorstin assert arose spontaneously through "tradition, history, or by God,"are not made simple, are direct and active in the sense that they pull people forward?

5. What editor and co-editor of Publishers' Weekly guided the publication through much of the 20th century?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Boorstin believe the American image is viewed negatively by other nations?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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