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

2. With the help of captions, photographs can be made to speak, but the caption is obviously ____________.
(a) Biased.
(b) Truthful.
(c) Judgemental.
(d) Artifice.

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

4. What picture of Steichen's was composed of portraiture that showed the universal in the individual?
(a) Family of Man.
(b) Family of One.
(c) Family of All.
(d) Family of the Universal.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Diane Arbus is discussed as having been one to photograph the ____________ of society.

2. As the text says, "Hobbesian man roams the streets, quite visible, with ____________ in his hair."

3. Surrealism, like photography, seeks to look at ___________ objects, according to those who deem them so.

4. In large measure, photography has replaced experiential interaction with __________, according to the book.

5. When did the largest collection photographic project take place with the help of the FSA?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What do some philosophers - namely Balzac - have to say about the idea or the act of taking photographs?

6. Why is a photograph of an object a more reliable way of looking at an object, according to the text in this chapter?

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

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

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

10. In order to avoid the over-exposure of beautiful things, what becomes necessary in relation to beauty?

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