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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. A photograph can only convey ____________of something, but gives no real information about the subject.
(a) A sense.
(b) A word.
(c) A picture.
(d) A shape.

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

3. Whitman's view was challenged and entirely defeated mostly by accident by ________________.
(a) Mirrors.
(b) Photography.
(c) Government.
(d) Laws.

4. Like modern art, according to Sontag, photography lowers ___________ in those who view it.
(a) Trust.
(b) Understanding.
(c) Inhibitions.
(d) Sensitivities.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Some photographers are _________, seeking to clarify or to identify a world vision.

2. Photographs also warp our sense of _________ as they are always minute in comparison to the real object.

3. The project with the FSA was enormously influential in depicting to America the __________ face of man and his struggles.

4. Arbus admitted to the fact that her own work violated her own ______________ because of its content.

5. Sontag defines photography as an aid to ______________ in the opening chapter.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What did Whitman think about those things which are often deemed trivial and those things considered to be real?

6. How are photographs presented as art in the modern society, according to this chapter of the book?

7. What kinds of subjects does it seem that painting and photography seem to favor, according to the argument in this chapter?

8. How was "Family of Man" an opposite representation of what Whitman was trying to saw about humanity?

9. Why is photography a democratizing experience, according to Sontag in this particular chapter of the book?

10. What do photographs do to reality, according to this final chapter of the book as written by Sontag?

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