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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Like modern art, according to Sontag, photography lowers ___________ in those who view it.
(a) Sensitivities.
(b) Trust.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Inhibitions.

2. American photographers feel the country is simply too _______ to be understood - instead it must simply be catalogued.
(a) Important.
(b) Good.
(c) Old.
(d) Big.

3. Some photographers are ___________, seeking to document and visually examine the world.
(a) Teachers.
(b) Students.
(c) Scientists.
(d) Moralists.

4. Photography, like other surrealist arts, is itself ___________ and yet it is transitory, according to Sontag.
(a) Stationary.
(b) Death.
(c) Confusing.
(d) Frozen in time.

5. What kind of photographer is interested in the picturesque when he/she is taking photographs?
(a) African.
(b) South American.
(c) European.
(d) American.

6. Edward Steichen photographed __________ objects to demonstrate technique and insight within photography.
(a) Still.
(b) Moving.
(c) Normal.
(d) Vapid.

7. Surrealism seeks to document and to reconnoiter ___________, much in the same way that photography does.
(a) Animals.
(b) Books.
(c) Class.
(d) Society.

8. Photographs do not create ___________ but they reinforce existing morality, according to Sontag.
(a) Morals.
(b) Ideas.
(c) Rules.
(d) Laws.

9. The camera's drive toward enabling _______________ use promotes the use of photography as a means of pornography.
(a) Darkened.
(b) Illegal.
(c) Untrained.
(d) Silly.

10. People with _________ are more likely to have cameras than people who do not have them.
(a) Pets.
(b) Mothers.
(c) Cars.
(d) Children.

11. Who helped to lead the largest collective photographic project ever in the United States?
(a) Woodrow Wilson.
(b) Abraham Lincoln.
(c) Roy Emerson Stryker.
(d) Eleanor Roosevelt.

12. Photography is a ___________ experience because cameras are cheap, readily available, and easy to use.
(a) Rich.
(b) Powerful.
(c) Democratizing.
(d) Younger.

13. Arbus made everybody look ________________ when she took her photographs.
(a) Exactly the same.
(b) Deformed.
(c) Weird.
(d) Unnatural.

14. The art of taking documentary photographs instead of helping a situation is a tacit ____________ that whatever is going on should keep on happening.
(a) Joy.
(b) Denial.
(c) Encouragement.
(d) Permission.

15. ________ Whitman is the focus of this chapter, even though he was not a photographer in his time.
(a) Phillip.
(b) Joe.
(c) Walt.
(d) Terrence.

Short Answer Questions

1. The program with the FSA resulted in political and social _________ being placed on the rural poor.

2. According to Sontag, photographs are held to be definitive ___________, though Sontag does not support this idea with facts.

3. What was the name of the story to which the name of this chapter refers?

4. Like surrealism, photography is often about ________ poverty and wealth in its contents or its themes.

5. Photographs also warp our sense of _________ as they are always minute in comparison to the real object.

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