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

2. How did Diane's mother make their home difficult?

3. How did Allan fund his family's trip to Europe?

4. How did David expand Russek's?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Did "Diane Arbus Revelations" alter the way Diane's work was received?

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

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

7. Was the Russek's store successful? How was it tried? How did it succeed?

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

9. Is Diane's documentation of the 60's thorough or narrow? How?

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

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

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

Patricia Bosworth, the author, had a personal relationship with Diane Arbus allowing the reader to experience a personal side of the subject. Discuss how Bosworth's proximity to Arbus affected her recount of her life.

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