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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. As a result of being considered to be documentation, photographs yield a _______ that no other art form can yield.
(a) Humor.
(b) Truth.
(c) Power.
(d) Veracity.

2. In what year was photography invented, according to Sontag's research as outlined in this book?
(a) 1828.
(b) 1818.
(c) 1812.
(d) 1839.

3. Photography idealizes subjects and makes ________ of people who are in the photographs.
(a) Scarecrows.
(b) Soldiers.
(c) Statues.
(d) Objects.

4. Surrealism, like photography, seeks to look at ___________ objects, according to those who deem them so.
(a) Useful.
(b) Important.
(c) Dramatic.
(d) Dark.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. A photograph can only convey ____________of something, but gives no real information about the subject.

2. Photography often makes the photographer incapable of _____________ - one can either document or do something else.

3. What was the profession or the career choice for Whitman during his time in the world?

4. ________ Whitman is the focus of this chapter, even though he was not a photographer in his time.

5. Sontag defines photography as an aid to ______________ in the opening chapter.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What was Whitman's cultural and social influence, coined Whitmanesque, according to the text?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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