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. The third aspect of successful advertising discussed by Boorstin in Chapter 5 - Section IV is what?

2. When did P.T. Barnum purchase Scudder's American Museum?

3. In Chapter 6 - Section I, Boorstin suggests that America return to its ____ and cease communicating with the rest of the world in image.

4. When was Reader's Digest founded?

5. What is the third characteristic of the image, according to Boorstin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Boorstin write of stage and film adaptations in Chapter 4 - Section VI?

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

4. What does Boorstin write of the evolution of linguistics and the pseudo-event in Chapter 6 - Section III?

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

6. What does Boorstin believe is responsible for the mass production of art? What effect does this cause?

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

8. What is the first aspect of "successful advertising" described by Boorstin? What example does he provide?

9. What does Boorstin assert are the greatest challenges for America and our relationship to the rest of the world?

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

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

Describe the effect and influence of the development and publication of digests, such as "Reader's Digest." What does Boorstin conclude the effect was on literature?

Essay Topic 3

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

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