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. Boorstin writes in Chapter 6 - Section III, "We fill our lives not with experience but with the ____ of experience."

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. Boorstin writes that we are left with the "invention of experience" rather than its what?

5. Boorstin concludes that the United States in now locked in a pattern of "____" in which "we have fallen in love with our own image."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Boorstin define movies as a pseudo-event?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Boorstin view the impact of advertising on the American psyche?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss and describe the evolution of tourism in America. How did the car change travel? How did the airplane? What effect have these advances had, according to Boorstin?

Essay Topic 3

When was the Graphic Revolution? What impact did it have on culture and society? How does Boorstin view the effect of the Graphic Revolution?

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