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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. Whitman wanted others to realize that the _____________ was a part of the universal.
(a) Color.
(b) Word.
(c) Image.
(d) Individual.

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

3. Photography has made the world unable to perceive the _________ beyond the photograph, according to Sontag.
(a) Colors.
(b) Land.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Real world.

4. What might separate the whole of humanity, according to Whitman in this chapter of this book?
(a) Photography.
(b) Beauty.
(c) Criticisms.
(d) Superficial distinctions.

5. What is the only thing the people in the cave who are chained to the wall can see?
(a) Shadows.
(b) Blackness.
(c) Nothing.
(d) White.

Short Answer Questions

1. Arbus' pictures were presented as _____________, even though the content at the time was not considered so.

2. Photographs now impose standards of art, culture, and ________ in the world, according to this chapter.

3. Whitman wanted people to begin to see that they needed to accept the _________ within the society.

4. Photography also establishes what is allowable as an object of ____________, according to Sontag.

5. The prisoners in the cave see only shadows, and thus believe those shadows are the totality of ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who were some of the groups of people who Diane Arbus took pictures of when she was creating portraits?

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

5. What do photographs of the same subject over the course of many years show about this person or this item?

6. How might the surrealist art movement be described, according to Sontag in this chapter?

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

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

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

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

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