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 sixth characteristic of the image, according to Boorstin?

2. Boorstin suggests we are in danger if we forget that the experiences which can't be captured by the camera can still be captured in a what?

3. When was Daniel J. Boorstin born?

4. Where is Reader's Digest based?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who was Karl Baedeker? What advances did he make in the tourism industry? What were the effects?

Essay Topic 3

Define pseudo-event. How does Boorstin apply this term to American culture today? How did the pseudo-event develop?

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