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, Boorstin suggests that the greatest challenge Americans are now dealing with is what?

2. What refers to something that is changed or modified to suit new conditions or needs?

3. When was Daniel J. Boorstin born?

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

5. What word does Boorstin suggest we created out of the need to express the specialness of that which is real, in Chapter 6 - Section III?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the impact of Muzak, according to Boorstin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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