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

2. One of the things that Sontag reminds the reader is that Surrealism is not a __________ art form.
(a) Universal.
(b) Peaceful.
(c) Honest.
(d) Scattered.

3. Eventually, according to this chapter, _______________ will be photographed.
(a) All humans.
(b) The world's darkness.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Everything.

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

5. Sontag defines photography as an aid to ______________ in the opening chapter.
(a) Masturbation.
(b) Criminal activity.
(c) The underworld.
(d) Children.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In large measure, photography has replaced experiential interaction with __________, according to the book.

4. Surrealism is like a _____________ because it can't make anything new - it can only judge the past.

5. Photography presupposes that _____________ can be a comprehensible totality, according to Sontag.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was the goal of the Farm Service Administration photographic project in 1935 as described in this chapter?

5. What did Steichen thus do with his photographs in terms of creating importance with the subject of the picture?

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 is the significance of the title of this particular chapter of this Susan Sontag book?

9. What has photography established, according to Sontag in this chapter in relation to how objects are seen?

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

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