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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. Photographers sought to illustrate ____________in discord, or a polity among banal and trivial subjects.
(a) Accord.
(b) Truth.
(c) Wonder.
(d) Concord.

2. What movement is capricious and inadvertent, according to Sontag?
(a) Realist.
(b) Nihilist.
(c) Surrealist.
(d) Impressionist.

3. The prisoners in the cave see only shadows, and thus believe those shadows are the totality of ____________.
(a) Their food.
(b) Reality.
(c) Their families.
(d) Their days.

4. Camera use is especially pronounced in tourists who come from cultures that stress activity and ______________.
(a) Art.
(b) Technology.
(c) Committment.
(d) Accomplishment.

5. The camera can be used to intrude a form of _______ into leisure, within some cultures.
(a) Measurment.
(b) Achievement.
(c) Work.
(d) Boredom.

Short Answer Questions

1. Arbus simply strove to present the subjects of her photographs as ____________ to the viewers.

2. Like modern art, according to Sontag, photography lowers ___________ in those who view it.

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

4. Photography idealizes subjects and makes ________ of people who are in the photographs.

5. According to Sontag, photographs are held to be definitive ___________, though Sontag does not support this idea with facts.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What kind of art does Sontag believe photography has become, according to the text in this chapter?

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

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

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

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

9. Why is surrealism not necessarily a universal art form, according to this particular chapter?

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

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