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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The prisoners in the cave see only shadows, and thus believe those shadows are the totality of ____________.
(a) Reality.
(b) Their families.
(c) Their food.
(d) Their days.

2. Arbus' pictures were presented as _____________, even though the content at the time was not considered so.
(a) Normal.
(b) Honest.
(c) Rich.
(d) Perfect.

3. Photographs become ______________; they record the injuries time does to objects.
(a) Artifacts.
(b) Mementos.
(c) Arguments.
(d) Stories.

4. Whitman's idea was to look beyond the idea of __________ and of ugliness to see more in the world.
(a) Understanding.
(b) Peace.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Joy.

5. Arbus simply strove to present the subjects of her photographs as ____________ to the viewers.
(a) Scary.
(b) Normal.
(c) Deadly.
(d) Freaks.

6. When did the largest collection photographic project take place with the help of the FSA?
(a) 1935.
(b) 1828.
(c) 1928.
(d) 1890.

7. What is NOT one of the ways that surrealism is described by Sontag in this particular chapter?
(a) Joyful.
(b) Irrational.
(c) Anecdotal.
(d) Dated.

8. A photograph can only convey ____________of something, but gives no real information about the subject.
(a) A word.
(b) A sense.
(c) A shape.
(d) A picture.

9. What was the name of the story to which the name of this chapter refers?
(a) The Republic of Plato.
(b) Plato's Cave.
(c) The Loyalty of Plato.
(d) Plato's Republic.

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

11. Unlike what the previous parts of the chapter say, Sontag goes on to say that photography can inform ____________.
(a) Truth.
(b) Morality.
(c) Government.
(d) Change.

12. Photography often makes the photographer incapable of _____________ - one can either document or do something else.
(a) Feeling.
(b) Closing their eyes.
(c) Committment.
(d) Intervention.

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

14. Photography allows all of the goals of surrealism to conflate into a _________ art, according to Sontag.
(a) Fine.
(b) Universal.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Mimetic.

15. With the help of captions, photographs can be made to speak, but the caption is obviously ____________.
(a) Judgemental.
(b) Truthful.
(c) Artifice.
(d) Biased.

Short Answer Questions

1. Photography seems to establish what is worth __________ and what should be in a photograph.

2. The FSA program seems to indicate that when you photograph an object, you can _____________.

3. Photography makes a compassionate response to presented images ________________.

4. Eventually, according to this chapter, _______________ will be photographed.

5. As a result of being considered to be documentation, photographs yield a _______ that no other art form can yield.

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