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. After years of fashion photography, how did Allan feel about his career?

2. After taking classes from Model, what was Diane determined to photograph?

3. How was "deed, not creed" integrated into Diane's life?

4. How does Model explain how she came to be a photographer?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Diane give away many of her photographs in 1970 and 1971?

2. Was Diane remorseful of her affair with Alex? Why or why not?

3. Did Diane believe her life was "sanitary"? What was her philosophy on her life after meeting Algernon Black?

4. By the end of Chapter 20, did Allan and Diane have a strong marriage?

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

6. Why do you think Diane's work is more famous today than in the 60's?

7. What contributed to Diane's depression as her business grew?

8. Why did Diane and Allan stay together?

9. How did Diane and Howard feel about working at Russek's? What were their reasons for continuing to work there?

10. How did Diane's family maintain the value of her work? Was this successful?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Diane and her siblings all grew up to become artists although they were raised in a wealthy, business oriented home. Discuss how the different facets of Diane's upbringing (from her financial opportunities, to her education, to the emotions in her house) formed her.

Essay Topic 3

Diane's life was full of infidelity. Judging from the reactions of those around her and her own reactions, her actions were a product of a larger problem. Discuss why Diane was unfaithful.

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