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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of photographer is interested in the awakening consciousness?
(a) African.
(b) American.
(c) South American.
(d) European.

2. Whitman wanted people to begin to look at the essential ____________ of a person in order to define a person or object.
(a) Flaws.
(b) Limitations.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Value.

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

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

5. Surrealism, like photography, seeks to look at ___________ objects, according to those who deem them so.
(a) Useful.
(b) Dark.
(c) Important.
(d) Dramatic.

Short Answer Questions

1. Surrealism seeks to document and to reconnoiter ___________, much in the same way that photography does.

2. Photography has made the world unable to perceive the _________ beyond the photograph, according to Sontag.

3. Photography has become a bit of a surrealist art, not a/an __________ art, but close to it, according to Sontag.

4. What did the acronym FSA stand for in relation to the most ambitious collection photographic project?

5. In relation to sexuality, the very act of photography infers a perverse ________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do photographs do to the scale of an object within the photograph and in real life, according to Sontag?

2. How did Whitman want to see society as a whole, according to Sontag's writings in this chapter?

3. Why is surrealism not necessarily a universal art form, according to this particular chapter?

4. Why does Sontag believe that tourists always use cameras during their trips to new and exciting places?

5. Are people with children more or less likely to own a camera, according to Sontag's own findings?

6. How does photography encourage voyeurism in those who look at photographs?

7. Why is it unusual to include writing about Walt Whitman in a book about photography?

8. What does Susan Sontag suggest that photography has made society do in relation to reality?

9. What are the two groups into which photographers can be categorized, according to the text in this chapter?

10. What are the ways in which an American photographer and a European photographer differ?

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