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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 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?
(a) Ideals.
(b) Illusions.
(c) Reality.
(d) Images.

2. What system does Boorstin assert affected "traditional forms of achievement," in Chapter 4 - Section VIII?
(a) The caste system.
(b) The star system.
(c) Democracy.
(d) Communism.

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

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

5. Boorstin writes that advertising helps to make a shift from what is true to what is what?
(a) Honorable.
(b) Believable.
(c) Desired.
(d) Perceived.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Reader's Digest founded?

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

3. What is the fifth characteristic of the image, according to Boorstin?

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

5. Boorstin concludes that the United States in now locked in a pattern of "____" in which "we have fallen in love with our own image."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Boorstin suggest was the impact of Reader's Digest on the populace? What is Reader's Digest?

6. What does Boorstin assert is the impact of art reproductions?

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

8. What is the first aspect of "successful advertising" described by Boorstin? What example does he provide?

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

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

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