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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. In his argument in Chapter 2 - Section IV, what does Boorstin suggest create themselves?

3. What is the official log of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress?

4. Boorstin suggests, in Chapter 1 - Section V, that the advances made in American society have served to "blur the edges of" what?

5. What were Thomas Cook's circular notes better known as?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who was Thomas Cook? What industry did he expand?

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

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

5. What did the advent of tourism do for the American traveler, according to Boorstin?

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

7. What does Boorstin write of "local atmosphere" in tourist destinations?

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

9. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contract the definitions of Boorstin for "hero" and "celebrity." How do heroes and celebrities differ in their creation and their demise?

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

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?

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