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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. According to Sontag, photographs are held to be definitive ___________, though Sontag does not support this idea with facts.
(a) Power.
(b) Evidence.
(c) Measurement.
(d) Diction.

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

3. Photography presupposes that _____________ can be a comprehensible totality, according to Sontag.
(a) People.
(b) Nature.
(c) Reality.
(d) Children.

4. As a result of being considered to be documentation, photographs yield a _______ that no other art form can yield.
(a) Humor.
(b) Truth.
(c) Veracity.
(d) Power.

5. What kind of photographer is interested in the picturesque when he/she is taking photographs?
(a) European.
(b) African.
(c) South American.
(d) American.

Short Answer Questions

1. Photographs appropriate place and identity by the act of _________ reproduction, according to Sontag.

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

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

4. A photograph seems to be taken in order to guarantee that the event has actually ___________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does photography make the photographer incapable of intervening in a situation?

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

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

4. What kind of art does Sontag believe photography has become, according to the text in this chapter?

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

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

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

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

9. How does surrealism look at wealth, which is the same way that photography seems to look at wealth?

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

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