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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. Arbus' pictures were presented as _____________, even though the content at the time was not considered so.
(a) Normal.
(b) Honest.
(c) Perfect.
(d) Rich.

2. _____________ often use cameras and practice photography as a method of certifying their travel experience.
(a) Children.
(b) Men.
(c) Tourists.
(d) Women.

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

4. The surrealist movement courts _________ and incongruous juxtaposition in its use.
(a) Accidents.
(b) Justice.
(c) Reality.
(d) Truth.

5. Photography presupposes that _____________ can be a comprehensible totality, according to Sontag.
(a) Nature.
(b) Children.
(c) Reality.
(d) People.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whitman's view was challenged and entirely defeated mostly by accident by ________________.

2. American photographers feel the country is simply too _______ to be understood - instead it must simply be catalogued.

3. Unlike what the previous parts of the chapter say, Sontag goes on to say that photography can inform ____________.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who were some of the groups of people who Diane Arbus took pictures of when she was creating portraits?

3. Why is it unusual to include writing about Walt Whitman in a book about photography?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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