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

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

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

4. What is NOT one of the things Sontag points out that photography seeks to look at?
(a) Social abjection.
(b) Paper.
(c) Nature.
(d) People.

5. Photography idealizes subjects and makes ________ of people who are in the photographs.
(a) Soldiers.
(b) Statues.
(c) Objects.
(d) Scarecrows.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Who helped to lead the largest collective photographic project ever in the United States?

4. What picture of Steichen's was composed of portraiture that showed the universal in the individual?

5. What movement is capricious and inadvertent, according to Sontag?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was Whitman's cultural and social influence, coined Whitmanesque, according to the text?

5. What does Surrealism strive to do in society, much like the goals of photography in the world?

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

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

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

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

10. What did the Farm Service Administration effectively show about the power of photography?

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