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 does Boorstin refer to propaganda as, in Chapter 1- Section IV?

2. In what year did urban tourism in America become a profitable industry, as the number of tour agencies, railroad passenger departments, guidebook publishers, and travel writers grew at a fast pace?

3. What is the second of the "extravagant expectations" held by Americans, according to Boorstin?

4. What does Boorstin assert inevitably give a false representation of a country because they have been specially selected and taken from context?

5. Pseudo-events tend to do what to the human experience, according to Boorstin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Boorstin distinguish pseudo-events from propaganda?

5. What does Boorstin write of the impact of the Graphic Revolution, in Chapter 1 - Section II?

6. What aspect of the pseudo-event does Boorstin explore in Chapter 1 - Section IV?

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

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

9. How did Conrad Hilton establish his hotel empire? Where was his first hotel built?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Thomas Cook. What impact did Cook have on the tourism industry? How?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the evolution and advances in the printing and binding industry and their effect on culture. How does Boorstin relate printmaking advances to the pseudo-event?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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