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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. When was Daniel J. Boorstin born?
(a) 1895.
(b) 1908.
(c) 1911.
(d) 1914.

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

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

4. Who developed an early printing press in 1436?
(a) Galileo Galilei.
(b) Stephan Michaelson.
(c) Johannes Gutenberg.
(d) Henry Watson.

5. The first aspect of successful advertising discussed by Boorstin in Chapter 5 - Section IV is what?
(a) Appeal of the contrived.
(b) Appeal of the half-intelligible.
(c) Appeal of the self-fulfilling prophecy.
(d) Ambiguity.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What is the name of a small press capable of printing small-format pieces such as billheads, letterheads, business cards, and envelopes?

4. In Chapter 6, Boorstin suggests that the greatest challenge Americans are now dealing with is what?

5. Boorstin writes that the image must exist in a kind of liminal state "between expectation and" what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Boorstin define movies as a pseudo-event?

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

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

7. What was the impact of Muzak, according to Boorstin?

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

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

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

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