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. Algernon Black was Diane's philosophy of ______ teacher.

2. While being married to Allan, how did Diane receive Alex's comments to her?

3. While working at Russek's, what did Allan want to be?

4. What were Diane and Howard not comfortable with as children?

5. What impact did Alex have on Diane's faithfulness to Allan?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Russeks decline?

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

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

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

5. How concerned were Allan and Diane about infidelity?

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

7. How were Diane and Howard inclined toward art? Who encouraged this?

8. 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?

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

10. To Diane, what was the only way one could achieve a true portrait? How did she manage this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Diane experiences some success during her life, but she achieved true fame after her death. In that way, she is similar to other artists. However, Diane revolutionized her genre, making her even more relevant to art. Discuss how Diane came to be successful in her life and famous after her death. What did Diane herself and the standards of the time influence how she was received?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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