Diane Arbus: A Biography Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Patricia Bosworth
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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. Why were Robert Frank's photos appealing to New Yorkers?

2. After the war, what profession did Howard pursue?

3. By 1958, what was Diane and Allan's marriage like?

4. How did Diane experience the "real world"?

5. When did Russek's begin its decline?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Diane chosen for the "New York" issue of Esquire? Was this appropriate for her style?

2. Why was Diane envious of Howard?

3. What piqued Diane's interests in the grotesque?

4. Does Bosworth have something personal at stake in her biography of Arbus? How?

5. Was Diane a typical, grieving daughter when her father died? Why?

6. Was Diane good with children?

7. Did Diane's "tying things up" before her death benefit her friends? Why or why not?

8. Why did Diane and Allan stay together?

9. Why did Russeks decline?

10. How did Diane compare to the photographers of the 30's and 40's?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Diane was famous for her portrayal of the grotesque. Discuss Diane's photos. Why did people find her work grotesque? What was Diane's commentary on human nature?

Essay Topic 2

History repeated itself in the Arbus family. Many aspects of Diane and Allan mirrored that of Diane's parents. Discuss Diane's drive in her family and the repercussions of her flawed childhood home.

Essay Topic 3

Diane's work maintained its value because Doon decided to carefully control the distribution of her work. Diane was able to receive acclaim during her life by giving control of her artistic endeavors to Marvin Israel. Discuss the positives and negatives of Diane relinquishing control to others.

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