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 term refers to that which is not participating readily or actively?

2. In his argument in Chapter 2 - Section IV, what does Boorstin suggest are created by the media?

3. Karl Baedeker followed the model of English guide books instituted by whom?

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

5. With whom did Charles Lindbergh sign a contract for his story of the famous monoplane flight?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How was the second story a pseudo-event in Boorstin's example of "the leak" in Chapter 1 - Section IV?

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

5. What subject does Boorstin address in Chapter 1 - Section V? How have pseudo-events distorted image?

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

7. How does Boorstin describe tourism in America in Chapter 3 - Section V?

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

9. How did the "Crime of the Century" affect Lindbergh's celebrity?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Adolph Hitler's discussion of propaganda in Mein Kampf. How did Hitler implement this technique in order to gain control in Germany?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss museums as a tourist destination. What does Boorstin assert of the "authenticity" of museums?

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