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 risky behavior did Diane engage in with her new artist friends?

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

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

4. How did Diane experience the "real world"?

5. What traditional philosophy was Diane's and Howard's relationship with their parents founded on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Robert Frank's image of "America"?

2. Was Diane's Esquire photography successful? How did she feel bout the outcome of her work?

3. What did Diane capture about the 1960's?

4. Why was Diane envious of Howard?

5. Did the Russek family achieve the American dream? How?

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

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

8. How was Diane similar to many other artists?

9. Why was Diane's mother depressed?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Diane was in many ways constantly at odds with her surroundings, which made it difficult for her to be successful. Discuss how and why Diane was so out of place.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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