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. When does Boorstin say books began to be made cheaper, due to a variety of factors, in Chapter 4 - Section I?

2. What does Boorstin describe as a kind of pseudo-event, especially in the sense that they were "more vivid and more impressive than the spontaneous original"?

3. Boorstin writes that advertising helps to make a shift from what is true to what is what?

4. What major movie studio did Adolf Zukor originate?

5. What is the name of a small press capable of printing small-format pieces such as billheads, letterheads, business cards, and envelopes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Describe and discuss the impact of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph McCarthy on the pseudo-event in American politics.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss museums as a tourist destination. What does Boorstin assert of the "authenticity" of museums?

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