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

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

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

4. A photograph seems to be taken in order to guarantee that the event has actually ___________.
(a) Been a success.
(b) Touched others in the event.
(c) Transpired.
(d) Begun.

5. Photography idealizes subjects and makes ________ of people who are in the photographs.
(a) Scarecrows.
(b) Objects.
(c) Soldiers.
(d) Statues.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Arbus took some pictures of 'normal' people, but contrived the pictures to make them look _____________.

3. Alfred Stieglitz produced photographs which supported Whitman's ideas, termed euphoric _____________.

4. Whitman strove to argue that the world should be seen as a ______________ whole, welded together.

5. Arbus simply strove to present the subjects of her photographs as ____________ to the viewers.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did photography come to be seen as a type of copulation with the material world?

2. What does Surrealism strive to do in society, much like the goals of photography in the world?

3. What do some philosophers - namely Balzac - have to say about the idea or the act of taking photographs?

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

5. What do cameras often reveal in the subject of the picture or in the object being photographed?

6. Sontag makes a bold assertion in regards to photography and the work of some artists. What does she assert?

7. What is one of the methods of falsifying photographs without changing the photograph itself?

8. On what other artistic areas does photography impose standards according to Sontag in this chapter?

9. What did Edward Steichen photograph in order to show that objects aren't always as simple as they appear?

10. In 1839, why was photography briefly attacked by those in society, according to the history lessons of this chapter?

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