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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. The project with the FSA was enormously influential in depicting to America the __________ face of man and his struggles.
(a) Lying.
(b) Darker.
(c) Wealthy.
(d) Common.

2. What is the only thing the people in the cave who are chained to the wall can see?
(a) Blackness.
(b) Shadows.
(c) Nothing.
(d) White.

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

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

5. Eventually, according to this chapter, _______________ will be photographed.
(a) Nothing.
(b) Everything.
(c) All humans.
(d) The world's darkness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Photographers sought to illustrate ____________in discord, or a polity among banal and trivial subjects.

2. Photography seems to establish what is worth __________ and what should be in a photograph.

3. Photography has made the world unable to perceive the _________ beyond the photograph, according to Sontag.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is photography a democratizing experience, according to Sontag in this particular chapter of the book?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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