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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. Boorstin writes that the telling of news has changed from reporting what was seen to what?

2. What name referred to Stalin's campaign to purge the Communist Party of people accused of sabotage, terrorism, or treachery?

3. Boorstin asserts that the influx of pseudo-events has caused the confusion of participant and what roles?

4. In Chapter 1 - Section IV, Boorstin suggests that leaks are a form of what by governments?

5. When was Benito Mussolini born?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the second aspect of "successful advertising" described by Boorstin? How is it defined?

2. What changes took place in the binding industry for printmaking? What effect did this have?

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

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

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

6. What does Boorstin believe is responsible for the mass production of art? What effect does this cause?

7. What was the impact of Muzak, according to Boorstin?

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

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

10. What is the fourth aspect of the image, according to Boorstin in Chapter 5 - Section I?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the effect and influence of the development and publication of digests, such as "Reader's Digest." What does Boorstin conclude the effect was on literature?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

What are the characteristics described of the pseudo-event in Chapter 1? Define each and give examples from the text.

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