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

2. Boorstin states that psychological analysis has effectively turned the actions of heroes into compensations for what?

3. When was Charles Lindbergh born?

4. Who did Charles Lindbergh marry?

5. Boorstin asserts, in Chapter 2 - Section I, that Americans have fooled themselves about how much _____ is contained in the world and in individuals.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What extravagant expectations does Boorstin assert consumes the American psyche?

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

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

6. What example does Boorstin offer for "the leak" in Chapter 1 - Section IV?

7. What has psychological analysis done to the old heroic form, according to Boorstin?

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

9. Who defined the term "stereotype," in Chapter 1 - Section V? How does Boorstin relate this definition?

10. What has eroded the old heroic form, according to Boorstin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the evolution and advances in the printing and binding industry and their effect on culture. How does Boorstin relate printmaking advances to the pseudo-event?

Essay Topic 2

When was the Graphic Revolution? What impact did it have on culture and society? How does Boorstin view the effect of the Graphic Revolution?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Charles Lindbergh as depicted in the text. How did Lindbergh's fame evolve from heroism to celebrity?

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