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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 was the name of the story to which the name of this chapter refers?
(a) Plato's Republic.
(b) The Republic of Plato.
(c) The Loyalty of Plato.
(d) Plato's Cave.

2. Whose technique is considered to be impeccable, according to this chapter of the book?
(a) Steichen.
(b) Arbus.
(c) Whitman.
(d) Stieglitz.

3. Arbus took some pictures of 'normal' people, but contrived the pictures to make them look _____________.
(a) Animalistic.
(b) Rich.
(c) Ugly.
(d) Bizarre.

4. Unlike what the previous parts of the chapter say, Sontag goes on to say that photography can inform ____________.
(a) Government.
(b) Morality.
(c) Change.
(d) Truth.

5. Whitman's idea was to look beyond the idea of __________ and of ugliness to see more in the world.
(a) Joy.
(b) Beauty.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Peace.

Short Answer Questions

1. Some photographers are ___________, seeking to document and visually examine the world.

2. With the help of captions, photographs can be made to speak, but the caption is obviously ____________.

3. Alfred Stieglitz produced photographs which supported Whitman's ideas, termed euphoric _____________.

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

5. Whitman wanted people to begin to look at the essential ____________ of a person in order to define a person or object.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What was the goal of the Farm Service Administration photographic project in 1935 as described in this chapter?

8. What does Susan Sontag suggest that photography has made society do in relation to reality?

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

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

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