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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author note about the background of Gericault's "The Derby"?
(a) It is very dark.
(b) It doesn't match the tone of the painting and its subjects.
(c) It is unnaturally colored.
(d) It is too light.

2. To what does Carlyle compare the heavens and earth?
(a) A suspended guillotine.
(b) The jaws of a monster.
(c) A vise.
(d) A trap waiting to spring.

3. According to the author, how did Gericault see the world?
(a) As a giant arena battle.
(b) As a series of visionary apocalypses.
(c) As a setpiece for dramatic art.
(d) As a disturbing panorama of ideas and wishes.

4. What does the author say La Tour paints, at the end of Appendix 4?
(a) Divine retribution.
(b) God's immanence.
(c) Cautionary tales.
(d) Visionary experiences.

5. Where is Gericault's "Horse Startled by Lightning" displayed, according to the author?
(a) The Smithsonian.
(b) The Museum of Fine Art.
(c) The Louvre.
(d) The National Gallery.

6. What is the last sentence in Appendix 8?
(a) "If being a visionary makes me psychotic, then I gladly will be so."
(b) "I have nothing to fear but everything."
(c) "Beware the pendula."
(d) "The robots are nothing if not versatile."

7. What does the author say in Appendix 5 about Nature "at the middle distance"?
(a) It is the only way humans are conditioned to view Nature.
(b) It is the best way to see natural creatures in their habitat.
(c) We are so familiar with it that we think we know everything about it.
(d) It is not the best distance from which to view Nature's details.

8. What was the subject of most of Vuillard's paintings?
(a) Gardens.
(b) Landscapes.
(c) Interiors.
(d) Models.

9. How does the author describe La Tour as a person?
(a) Gruff but kind.
(b) Humble, wise, and meek.
(c) Generous and hard-working.
(d) Hard, avaricious, and proud.

10. What is the author's complaint about the colors used in "Raft of the Medusa"?
(a) The sepia tone makes everything look old-fashioned and weathered.
(b) The raft, the people on it, and even the sky are corpse-colored.
(c) The earthen tones don't adequately convey the frantic tone of the painting.
(d) The colors are not accurate and true-to-life.

11. Which of Van Gogh's paintings does the author use as an example of Western landscape art?
(a) "The Day After."
(b) "Starry Night."
(c) "Long Road."
(d) "Cypresses."

12. Carlyle writes that he sometimes forgets what about other people?
(a) That they are not just machines.
(b) That they are not all as sane as they appear.
(c) That they are sometimes discomfited by his illness.
(d) That they have their own lives and loved ones.

13. What group of mentally-ill people does the author write about in Appendix 6?
(a) Schizophrenics.
(b) Psychotics.
(c) Heroin addicts.
(d) Neurotics.

14. What happened to La Tour's reputation as a result of the rise of the new Art of Versailles?
(a) His reputation didn't change, but his fans were more loyal than ever.
(b) He became even more famous and well-known.
(c) He was forced to change his style to remain popular.
(d) He was forgotten, and his works were attributed to other artists.

15. In theological terms, the progress the author mentions at the end of Appendix 6 is a transition from what to what?
(a) From Heaven to Hades.
(b) From Hades to Purgatory.
(c) From Hades to Heaven.
(d) From Purgatory to Heaven.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Carlyle call "an incredible tradition"?

2. The author compares Carlyle to what other artist?

3. What phrase does the author use at the beginning of Appendix 7 to describe Gericault?

4. According to the author, what would Baudelaire have called the young boy in Gericault's portrait?

5. Gericault claimed that when he started to paint a woman, it turned into what?

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