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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. Where is Reader's Digest based?
(a) Chappaqua, New York.
(b) San Francisco, California.
(c) Portland, Oregon.
(d) New York, New York.

2. What book by Walter Lippman does Boorstin discuss in Chapter 5 - Section VI?
(a) Public Opinion.
(b) The Origins of Family.
(c) Mein Kampf.
(d) Beyond Good and Evil.

3. What does Boorstin describe as a kind of pseudo-event, especially in the sense that they were "more vivid and more impressive than the spontaneous original"?
(a) Books.
(b) News media.
(c) Movies.
(d) Photographs.

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

5. When was Reader's Digest founded?
(a) 1922.
(b) 1949.
(c) 1911.
(d) 1900.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When was Daniel J. Boorstin born?

3. In Chapter 5 - Section V, Boorstin states that even ____ have become blurred because of the relentless drive of business and consumerism.

4. What type of book binding begins with the signatures of the book as loose pages which are then clamped together?

5. Boorstin claims that in the effort to make art and literature accessible to all, these forms of expression were what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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