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 book of Walter Lippman's does Boorstin cite, in Chapter 1 - Section V?

2. What does Boorstin assert has been provided in exotic locations, in Chapter 3 - Section IV?

3. In Chapter 1 - Section II, Boorstin discusses the temptation of newsmen to make images that were what?

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

5. Where was Karl Baedeker born?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What has psychological analysis done to the old heroic form, according to Boorstin?

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

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

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

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

7. What extravagant expectations does Boorstin assert consumes the American psyche?

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

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

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

Essay Topic 2

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

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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