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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. Photographs do not create ___________ but they reinforce existing morality, according to Sontag.
(a) Morals.
(b) Rules.
(c) Ideas.
(d) Laws.

2. The camera's drive toward enabling _______________ use promotes the use of photography as a means of pornography.
(a) Darkened.
(b) Illegal.
(c) Silly.
(d) Untrained.

3. Whitman strove to argue that the world should be seen as a ______________ whole, welded together.
(a) Peaceful.
(b) Hand-holding.
(c) Homogeneous.
(d) Heterogeneous.

4. What is NOT one of the groups of people that Arbus photographed during her career?
(a) Prostitutes.
(b) Lepers.
(c) Insane.
(d) Deformed.

5. Some photographers are _________, seeking to clarify or to identify a world vision.
(a) Moralists.
(b) Teachers.
(c) Scientists.
(d) Students.

Short Answer Questions

1. To Whitman, the ___________ was important and it was critical to accept this truth.

2. Arbus presented her subjects as ______________ who were a part of the universal, the opposite of Whitman's ideas.

3. Photography also establishes what is allowable as an object of ____________, according to Sontag.

4. The prisoners in the cave see only shadows, and thus believe those shadows are the totality of ____________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the progression of photography in relation to its artistic status, according to this chapter?

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does this chapter seem to believe the current definition of modern society is in relation to images and things?

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

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

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