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. Where was Karl Baedeker observed to drop a pea on every twentieth step of the staircase to the roof, so he could report the number of steps accurately?

2. Where did Charles Lindbergh's historic monoplane flight across the Atlantic end?

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

4. When did Al Capone die?

5. Pseudo-events, according to Boorstin, create distortion through what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who was Charles Lindbergh? What does Boorstin assert of him?

5. How did Charles Lindbergh succumb to celebrity, according to Boorstin?

6. What is the effect of the extravagant expectations held by Americans, according to Boorstin?

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

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

9. What does Boorstin write of the impact of the Graphic Revolution, in Chapter 1 - Section II?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Boorstin define the term "celebrity"? What impact did this definition have on scholars and the American public? How and to whom does this definition apply today?

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

Who was Karl Baedeker? What advances did he make in the tourism industry? What were the effects?

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