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

2. As Diane matured into her teens, what did she develop?

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

4. Unlike other girls, Diane wasn't ashamed of her _______.

5. Since they were involved in Russek's, what kind of life were David and Gertrude able to lead?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Russeks decline?

2. Was Diane a victim to Israel? Was it worth it for her to sacrifice so much for him?

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

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

5. From her schooling at the Ethical Culture School, what were the philosophies that Diane was raised on?

6. How did Diane's parents feel about her marrying Allan? Was she fulfilling their desires of letting them down?

7. What was Diane's genre of photography? Did Diane influence her genre for the future?

8. Why did Allan ban Cheech from the Arbus home?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are small discrepancies between what Diane did, claimed, and felt. Much of her true nature was shown through what she envied of others. Discuss the telling nature of Diane's jealousy.

Essay Topic 2

Allan was Diane's only husband whom she married while she was young and with whom she had two children. Allan both afforded Diane the life she wanted and prevented her from that life as well. Discuss Diane's relationship with Allan.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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