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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 is the science of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics?
(a) Anaesthetics.
(b) Media studies.
(c) Linguistics.
(d) Aestheics.

2. 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.

3. When did P.T. Barnum purchase Scudder's American Museum?
(a) 1859.
(b) 1841.
(c) 1867.
(d) 1905.

4. What term refers to that pertaining to one's own or a particular country as apart from other countries?
(a) Nationalist.
(b) Foreign.
(c) Conservative.
(d) Domestic.

5. When was Publishers' Weekly first published?
(a) 1959.
(b) 1805.
(c) 1872.
(d) 1849.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What refers to a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment?

4. Boorstin concludes Chapter 6 - Section V by stating that we must be able to reach beyond into novel experiences and ideas and thus become aware of our what?

5. What production company, recognizing that actors and actresses would demand higher pay if they became well known, refused to give their names?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is Boorstin's subject in Chapter 6 - Section IV? How is the effect discussed defined?

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

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

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

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