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. Bosworth explains the Arbuses complemented each other because Allan was ________.

2. David and Gertrude realized their children would be drawn to _______ pursuits in their career.

3. From where did the Nemerov family immigrate?

4. Model and Diane were originally drawn to each other because of their common _______.

5. According to Bosworth, why did Cheech most adore Diane?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Alex's role in Diane's life affect her relationship with Allan?

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

4. How did Model influence Diane's photography?

5. Was Diane remorseful of her affair with Alex? Why or why not?

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

7. Why was Diane jealous of Jane?

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

9. How did Grosz work influence Diane?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Diane and her siblings all grew up to become artists although they were raised in a wealthy, business oriented home. Discuss how the different facets of Diane's upbringing (from her financial opportunities, to her education, to the emotions in her house) formed her.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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