The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America Test | Final 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. Who developed an early printing press in 1436?

2. What term refers to that pertaining to one's own or a particular country as apart from other countries?

3. When was Reader's Digest founded?

4. When was Publishers' Weekly first published?

5. Boorstin claims that in the effort to make art and literature accessible to all, these forms of expression were what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the first two aspects of images discussed by Boorstin in Chapter 5 - Section I?

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

3. Why does Boorstin believe the American image is viewed negatively by other nations?

4. What is the fourth aspect of the image, according to Boorstin in Chapter 5 - Section I?

5. What is Boorstin's subject in Chapter 6 - Section IV? How is the effect discussed defined?

6. What is the third aspect of "successful advertising" described by Boorstin? How is it defined?

7. What does Boorstin suggest was the impact of Reader's Digest on the populace? What is Reader's Digest?

8. How does Boorstin define "ideal-thinking" and "image-thinking"?

9. What changes took place in the binding industry for printmaking? What effect did this have?

10. What suggestions does Boorstin give to the American people at the close of the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Boorstin posits that there are two main "extravagant expectations" that Americans hold. What are these and what are examples of each?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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