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

2. Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in what year?

3. What term refers to that which is of foreign origin or character, not native, introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized?

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

5. What word refers to that which is important, highly significant, or consequential?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who was Charles Lindbergh? What does Boorstin assert of him?

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

5. How does Boorstin define "celebrity"?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

How are pseudo-events distinguished from propaganda? What is the purpose of each? What is the effect of each?

Essay Topic 3

How are stereotypes distinguished from pseudo-events and propaganda by Boorstin? Who does Boorstin cite in defining stereotype?

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