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. By 1958, what was Diane and Allan's marriage like?

2. What were Cheech's and Diane's shared pastime?

3. Why did Howard work at Russek's?

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

5. Despite her artistic talents, where did Cheech live?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How did Diane's lifestyle with her artist friends fuel her creativity?

4. Why was Diane's mother depressed?

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

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

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

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

9. Why was Howard's British wife a successful saleswoman at Russeks?

10. Why do you think Diane's work is more famous today than in the 60's?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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