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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. According to the author, which cultures have the best art depicting nature scenes up close?
(a) European and American.
(b) Chinese and Japanese.
(c) Russian and European.
(d) South American and Mexican.
2. According to the author, what is an example of Vuillard giving the viewer "the best of both worlds" in his paintings?
(a) A painting of a wall with a garden view through a window.
(b) A painting of a house atop a hill, in a vast landscape.
(c) A painting of a corner of a room with a painted landscape on the wall.
(d) A painting of an artist painting a landscape.
3. What is revealed, to the author, by Gericault's "Horse Startled by Lightning"?
(a) The necessity of understanding the point of view from which ordinary things are seen.
(b) The importance of seeing things anew each moment.
(c) Gericault's lack of technical artistic skill.
(d) The sometimes sinister "otherness" of ordinary things.
4. Upon what evidence does the author base his comparison of a schizophrenic's experiences?
(a) His own experience with drugs.
(b) The stories told to him by a psychotic friend.
(c) Descriptions given by ancient religions.
(d) Journal entries he wrote during his own psychotic break.
5. According to the author, there is very little of what in La Tour's paintings?
6. What does Carlyle call "an incredible tradition"?
(c) Working for a living.
(d) Raising children.
7. According to Carlyle, why didn't he suffer from any definite fear?
(a) He felt that death was merely another stage of existence.
(b) Nothing could be worse than his present condition.
(c) He had no hope.
(d) He knew God would protect him.
8. What does the author say La Tour paints, at the end of Appendix 4?
(a) Cautionary tales.
(b) Divine retribution.
(c) Visionary experiences.
(d) God's immanence.
9. According to the author, what theme is illustrated by the close-up landscapes of Chinese and Japanese art?
(a) The idea that Nature is something to be respected, even feared.
(b) The symbiotic relationship between Man and Nature.
(c) The idea that humans don't know as much as we think we do about Nature.
(d) The idea that divinity is manifest in everything.
10. What does the author say about Millais' "Ophelia" in Appendix 5?
(a) It is a bad picture, but its point of view is interesting.
(b) It would be much better if the painter had made better use of color and shading.
(c) The painter misinterpreted the Shakespearean scene he was attempting to portray.
(d) Its subject matter was too grim for it to be a good painting.
11. Which of these is NOT an example given by the author of great nature art?
(a) A spray of blossoming plum.
(b) A mountain stream seen from the brush.
(c) Finches in a bush.
(d) Eighteen inches of a bamboo stem with its leaves.
12. What is the title of the work by Carlyle that the author quotes in Appendix 8?
(a) "I, Carlyle."
(b) "Sartor Resartus."
(c) "Of Men and Gods."
(d) "Dialogue on the Universe."
13. According to the author in Appendix 6, what opens the doors of heaven, hell, and limbo for the living?
(a) Spiritual enlightenment.
(b) The presence or absence of certain chemicals in the blood.
(d) "Massy keys of metals twain."
14. According to Carlyle's biographer, what was his predominant mental illness?
(b) Generalized panic disorder.
(c) Post-traumatic stress disorder.
(d) Delusional psychosis.
15. The "new Art of Versailles" was deliberately cultivated, according to the author, during the reign of which king?
(a) Louis XIV.
(b) Edward VI.
(c) Phillip II.
(d) Henry VIII.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does the author say in response to Gericault's quote about his own paintings?
2. What does the author say in Appendix 5 about Nature "at the middle distance"?
3. What does the world inhabited by schizophrenics and other psychotics resemble, according to the author?
4. According to the author, what would Baudelaire have called the young boy in Gericault's portrait?
5. What does Carlyle write of the men and women around him?
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