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. When did Russek's begin its decline?

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

3. What was Diane's relationship with her younger sister like?

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

5. Diane and Howard were "spoiled and _____" by their parents.

Short Essay Questions

1. Was Diane a typical, grieving daughter when her father died? Why?

2. Did the Nemerov children have a "fairyland" childhood? Why or why not?

3. How did Diane and Allan manage to keep their relationship cordial as they grew apart?

4. Why was Diane envious of Howard?

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

6. Why was Diane jealous of Jane?

7. What is the overall message about Diane from Bosworth's biography?

8. Did Diane believe her life was "sanitary"? What was her philosophy on her life after meeting Algernon Black?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a clear correlation between Diane's attitudes as a teenager and her photography as an adult. Discuss how Diane's art reflects Diane.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout her life, Diane had many mentors who helped her develop her vision. Discuss these mentors and what each offered to Diane and if they were a positive or negative influence on her art or her as a person.

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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