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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 political party did Benito Mussolini lead?

2. What, according to the author, is always in the present and requires a constant stream of publicity and pseudo-events to maintain its status?

3. Boorstin states, in Chapter 3 - Section I, that in today's travel there is very little what?

4. What was the distance of Charles Lindbergh's historic monoplane flight across the Atlantic?

5. When did the development of hotels with leisure complexes become a popular development in the United States?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

3. How do the personalities of celebrities evolve, according to Boorstin?

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

5. How does Boorstin describe the power of celebrity to obscure and destroy the heroic?

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

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

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

9. What does Boorstin write of the American concept of "greatness," in Chapter 2 - Section I?

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

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

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 3

Boorstin posits that there are two main "extravagant expectations" that Americans hold. What are these and what are examples of each?

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