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

2. Diane Arbus is discussed as having been one to photograph the ____________ of society.
(a) Ignored.
(b) Dark corners.
(c) Rich.
(d) Freaks.

3. What did the acronym FSA stand for in relation to the most ambitious collection photographic project?
(a) Farm Service Administration.
(b) Farm Settler Administration.
(c) Farm Security Administration.
(d) Farm Service Association.

4. Photography often makes the photographer incapable of _____________ - one can either document or do something else.
(a) Committment.
(b) Intervention.
(c) Closing their eyes.
(d) Feeling.

5. Whitman believed humanity was welded together in _________________ instead of separated from each other.
(a) Truth.
(b) Peace.
(c) Commonality.
(d) Understanding.

Short Answer Questions

1. Photography is a ___________ experience because cameras are cheap, readily available, and easy to use.

2. A photograph can only convey ____________of something, but gives no real information about the subject.

3. What kind of takeover did photography's influence lead to, according to Sontag?

4. Photography presupposes that _____________ can be a comprehensible totality, according to Sontag.

5. The camera's drive toward enabling _______________ use promotes the use of photography as a means of pornography.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does modern photography seem to say about this subject of the photograph and its importance?

4. Why did photography enjoy a sudden burst in popularity, according to the text in this chapter?

5. Are people with children more or less likely to own a camera, according to Sontag's own findings?

6. How are vapid or banal objects made beautiful when they are photographed, according to this chapter?

7. What does the final chapter have to present about the idea of images in relation to reality, something which may not be fully supported by the text?

8. What has photography established, according to Sontag in this chapter in relation to how objects are seen?

9. What do some theories speculate that photography allows the artist to capture when they are taking the photograph?

10. In order to avoid the over-exposure of beautiful things, what becomes necessary in relation to beauty?

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