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 editor and co-editor of Publishers' Weekly guided the publication through much of the 20th century?

2. Whose best-known films are The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra, and The Greatest Show on Earth?

3. In Chapter 5 - Section V, Boorstin states that even ____ have become blurred because of the relentless drive of business and consumerism.

4. What does Boorstin write essentially means that people have accepted and bought into the image that we are trying to uphold?

5. What system does Boorstin assert affected "traditional forms of achievement," in Chapter 4 - Section VIII?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discuss museums as a tourist destination. What does Boorstin assert of the "authenticity" of museums?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Charles Lindbergh as depicted in the text. How did Lindbergh's fame evolve from heroism to celebrity?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss Boorstin's distinction between "folk" and "mass" in the creation and recognition of heroes.

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