The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 1 - Section II, Boorstin discusses the temptation of newsmen to make images that were what?

2. Established by Boorstin, what is the third way pseudo-events can overshadow real or spontaneous events?

3. In what year was Charles Lindbergh's infant son kidnapped and murdered in the "Crime of the Century"?

4. How many cars were registered in the United States in 1900?

5. What word means to represent concretely, to externalize?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Boorstin relate of technology and the sciences in Chapter 2 - Section II?

2. What does Boorstin write of the changing nature of travel in Chapter 3?

3. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

4. What does Boorstin assert of travelers' dissociation since the advent of tourism?

5. How did Baedeker expand his publications? What was the "star system"?

6. What does Boorstin write can be mass-produced today, in Chapter 2 - Section I? Why?

7. What argument is made regarding the objects on display in museums in Chapter 3 - Section IV?

8. How does Boorstin describe the power of celebrity to obscure and destroy the heroic?

9. What does Boorstin write all tourist attractions share, in Chapter 3 - Section IV? What effect does this have on travelers?

10. How does Boorstin compare travel of the past with the present, in Chapter 3 - Section I?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define pseudo-event. How does Boorstin apply this term to American culture today? How did the pseudo-event develop?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contract the definitions of Boorstin for "hero" and "celebrity." How do heroes and celebrities differ in their creation and their demise?

Essay Topic 3

Boorstin posits that there are two main "extravagant expectations" that Americans hold. What are these and what are examples of each?

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