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. How many people did Thomas Cook claim to have arranged to attend the Great Exhibition?

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

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

4. What was the familiar hallmark of Baedeker guides?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Boorstin relate of technology and the sciences in Chapter 2 - Section II?

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

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

5. How does Boorstin view the impact of advertising on the American psyche?

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

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

8. How does Boorstin compare domestic and foreign issues in Chapter 6 - Section III?

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

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

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 leak"? What is its purpose? What example does he give from the 1950s?

Essay Topic 3

When was the Graphic Revolution? What impact did it have on culture and society? How does Boorstin view the effect of the Graphic Revolution?

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