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David Bayles
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Artists will often obsess about getting the right ___________ for their work, though there are limits to these.
(a) Lights.
(b) Moods.
(c) Muses.
(d) Materials.

2. The authors point out that most artists will __________, even though they feel this is not necessary.
(a) Laugh.
(b) Commit suicide.
(c) Quit.
(d) Drink.

3. An artist can begin to stop themselves from doing their own work in order to do work which can increase one's _____________.
(a) Understanding.
(b) Truth.
(c) Power.
(d) Acceptance.

4. When an artist looks for others to understand them, this becomes a situation of __________ over the artist as the others can now hurt the feelings of the artist.
(a) Reviews.
(b) Energy.
(c) Witnessing.
(d) Power.

5. Artists should not worry about being misunderstood as ___________ to the understanding can produce bad art.
(a) Witnessing.
(b) Bending.
(c) Listening.
(d) Driving.

Short Answer Questions

1. The ___________ becomes the enemy of the good, for when an artist produces something good, they just want it to be better.

2. Making art and ___________ art are different at their core, according to the authors of the book.

3. The authors point out that the artists of today have more _____________ to create their artistic pieces.

4. Artists who worry that things do not come easy for them may want to remember that making art is ___________.

5. In order to create a support network, the authors advise that students seek to form ___________ with their friends after graduation.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem with seeking out understanding when it comes to one's art, according to the authors?

2. What do the authors advise an artist should do when it comes to their art and criticism?

3. What do the authors suggest students do in relation to their fears about art in their lives?

4. While art is generally made alone, according to the authors, what still matters?

5. What are two of the main questions an artist might ask themselves after hearing what the authors think of most art?

6. What is one of the main fears that the authors feel artists have about themselves and the validity of their art?

7. What do the authors point out about most of art that they have experienced in their lives?

8. What can happen when a person is focuses on the reactions of critics?

9. What are the four things which matter in art making, though they do not aid in the day to day creation of art?

10. What do the authors have to say about the creation of art in relation to the skills needed and and the type of person who can be an artist?

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