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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) Democratizing.
(b) Rich.
(c) Younger.
(d) Powerful.

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

3. What picture of Steichen's was composed of portraiture that showed the universal in the individual?
(a) Family of All.
(b) Family of the Universal.
(c) Family of One.
(d) Family of Man.

4. What was the profession or the career choice for Whitman during his time in the world?
(a) President.
(b) Poet.
(c) Chemical engineer.
(d) Novelist.

5. The cave allegory speaks of __________ chained to a wall within the story itself.
(a) Children.
(b) Priests.
(c) Prisoners.
(d) Women.

Short Answer Questions

1. Diane Arbus is discussed as having been one to photograph the ____________ of society.

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

3. American photographers feel the country is simply too _______ to be understood - instead it must simply be catalogued.

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

5. Unlike what the previous parts of the chapter say, Sontag goes on to say that photography can inform ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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