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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 is the first of the "extravagant expectations" held by Americans, according to Boorstin?

2. How much were tickets on Thomas Cook's first train tour?

3. What is the third characteristic of the pseudo-event, according to Boorstin?

4. What people does Boorstin assert were able to express, ritualize, and create heroes, in Chapter 2 - Section II?

5. What was the familiar hallmark of Baedeker guides?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Charles Lindbergh as depicted in the text. How did Lindbergh's fame evolve from heroism to celebrity?

Essay Topic 2

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

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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