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. Lisette Model was famous for photographing human "_______."

2. Model said: "Photographs that demand admiration have a power to ______."

3. How did Allan begin to mingle with younger people?

4. David is described as being consumed by ______.

5. Why did Diane and Allan decide to separate their professional lives?

Short Essay Questions

1. Was Diane duplicitous at a teenager? How?

2. Why was Diane jealous of Jane?

3. How did Diane compensate for Allan's absence after their divorce was final? Was she successful?

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

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

6. How was Diane similar to many other artists?

7. Did "Diane Arbus Revelations" alter the way Diane's work was received?

8. Did the Russek family achieve the American dream? How?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In several ways, Diane compromised herself and her art for mainstream and normalcy. She did this first with her marriage to Allan and second with getting her work published. In ways, these choices helped her gain what she desired but also inhibited her. Discuss Diane's compromise for the mainstream and normalcy. Was this contrary to her nature or a means to an end? Was she faithful to herself or her art?

Essay Topic 2

Both Diane and her mother suffered from depression for very different reasons. Discuss Diane's depression. Was she a victim to it or just to herself? Why was she depressed?

Essay Topic 3

Patricia Bosworth, the author, had a personal relationship with Diane Arbus allowing the reader to experience a personal side of the subject. Discuss how Bosworth's proximity to Arbus affected her recount of her life.

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