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

2. What were Cheech's and Diane's shared pastime?

3. Why did Howard work at Russek's?

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

5. Despite her artistic talents, where did Cheech live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Based on the end of the Afterword, do you believe Diane had a positive view on her work?

2. Why, in the early fifties, was it more difficult for Diane to have her work published? Why were magazines more attracted to her work later?

3. How did Diane's lifestyle with her artist friends fuel her creativity?

4. Why was Diane's mother depressed?

5. Were Diane and Allan good business partners in the beginning? Why?

6. Was Diane a typical girl of the 1930's?

7. How was Diane "the first paparazzi"? For her, was this a good title?

8. Is there any discrepancy between Bosworth's account of Diane's state of mind between 1970 and 1971? How so?

9. Why was Howard's British wife a successful saleswoman at Russeks?

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

Essay 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

Although Diane Arbus expressed a disdain for her own work shortly before her death, she also exhibited confidence in its value through her life. Discuss Diane's view and value of her own work and how it affected her actions.

Essay Topic 3

Part of Diane's struggle was being a woman in a male-dominated profession. More so, she resented being "clumped" with feminists. Discuss Diane's positive and negative relationship with her femininity.

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