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. What word means to represent concretely, to externalize?

2. In what year did popular publications print articles showing the car was cheaper to operate than the horse?

3. When was Al Capone indicted for income tax evasion and various violations of the Volstead Act?

4. In Chapter 1 - Section V, Boorstin discusses a change in the way people relate to truth and to what?

5. How many people did Thomas Cook claim to have arranged to attend the Great Exhibition?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Boorstin describe pseudo-events in the political arena, in Chapter 1 - Section III? What examples does he offer?

3. What comparison does Boorstin make between celebrities and heroes in Chapter 2 - Section IV?

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

5. What aspects does Boorstin describe of pseudo-events in Chapter 1?

6. What does Boorstin write of the news industry in Chapter 1 - Section I?

7. How does Boorstin distinguish pseudo-events from propaganda?

8. What does Boorstin write of the American concept of "greatness," in Chapter 2 - Section I?

9. How did Conrad Hilton establish his hotel empire? Where was his first hotel built?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss Boorstin's distinction between "folk" and "mass" in the creation and recognition of heroes.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss and describe the evolution of tourism in America. How did the car change travel? How did the airplane? What effect have these advances had, according to Boorstin?

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