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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. Where did Allan and Diane's fashion photography business start?

2. Diane is described as being popular, outgoing, and _______.

3. Why did Howard become depressed?

4. Diane was _______ in Allan's new social circle of actors.

5. Diane is described as being a _______ housewife.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Diane broke down at the end of a dinner party, what change did it prompt in the family?

3. Why was Diane jealous of Jane?

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 was the Arbus family able to go to Europe? Why did they go?

7. What were Diane's choices of inspiration? How did those reflect her vision and tendency towards art?

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

9. Was Europe a positive experience for Diane? How?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss what portrait of the 60's Diane painted in her photography. What was she attempting to show?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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