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. In Chapter 6 - Section I, Boorstin asserts that America has experienced a move from what to images?

2. What refers to reputation or influence arising from success, achievement, rank, or other favorable attributes?

3. Where is Reader's Digest based?

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

5. What production company, recognizing that actors and actresses would demand higher pay if they became well known, refused to give their names?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Boorstin assert is the impact of art reproductions?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are pseudo-events distinguished from propaganda? What is the purpose of each? What is the effect of each?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How are stereotypes distinguished from pseudo-events and propaganda by Boorstin? Who does Boorstin cite in defining stereotype?

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