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. Whose best-known films are The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra, and The Greatest Show on Earth?

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

3. Boorstin states, regarding foreign affairs, "I suspect we suffer abroad simply because people know America through" what?

4. Boorstin writes in Chapter 5 that "God himself becomes not a power but" what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What changes to the printing industry does Boorstin describe in Chapter 4 - Section I?

3. How does Boorstin define "passivity" in the image in Chapter 5 - Section I?

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

5. What shift in the American psyche does Boorstin describe in Chapter 6 - Section I?

6. What suggestion does Boorstin state for Americans to improve their image to the world?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Define pseudo-event. How does Boorstin apply this term to American culture today? How did the pseudo-event develop?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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