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 5 that "God himself becomes not a power but" what?

2. Boorstin suggests that the graphic revolution and what else are mostly responsible for the abridgment and the mass production of art?

3. What refers to a single complete page, front and back, in a finished book?

4. Boorstin writes that the amount of dissociation has become so absolute that what no longer feels real?

5. What does Boorstin assert arose spontaneously through "tradition, history, or by God,"are not made simple, are direct and active in the sense that they pull people forward?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Boorstin believe is responsible for the mass production of art? What effect does this cause?

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

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

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

Essay Topic 2

Describe the impact of the development of the hotel and motel industry in America. Where and how did Conrad Hilton establish his first hotel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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