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

2. What refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 40 large professional theaters with 500 seats or more located in the Theater District, New York?

3. Boorstin writes that our enemies profit from the fact they are known only, or primarily, through their what?

4. In Chapter 5, Boorstin asserts that we have made a shift from moral value to what value?

5. What states that the more we create images to "expand experience" the more we inevitably narrow experience?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contract the definitions of Boorstin for "hero" and "celebrity." How do heroes and celebrities differ in their creation and their demise?

Essay Topic 2

Boorstin posits that there are two main "extravagant expectations" that Americans hold. What are these and what are examples of each?

Essay Topic 3

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

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