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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. Most theories of art, according to Sontag, have only proven to be __________ in retrospect as well as in their own time.
(a) Fads.
(b) Cutting edge.
(c) Truths.
(d) Worthless.

2. The very act of ____________ something new casts it as something new and beautiful.
(a) Finding.
(b) Naming.
(c) Photographing.
(d) Exposing.

3. Some theorize that photography allows the artist to capture __________ during an off-guard moment.
(a) Goodness.
(b) Reality.
(c) Truth.
(d) Evil.

4. Photographs cannot ___________ of something and are therefore obviously reproductive or mimetic.
(a) Understand the truth.
(b) Simply be.
(c) Ignore the rules.
(d) Not be.

5. However, photography can also make truly beautiful things seem _________, according to Sontag.
(a) Dense.
(b) Happy.
(c) Innocent.
(d) Cliche.

Short Answer Questions

1. The __________ are not the same between painting and photography, though the devotion may be.

2. "For the modernist promotion of naive art always contains a _______; that one continue to honor its hidden claim to sophistication."

3. The photographic __________ need not capture or immortalize transient defects, as it was now seen in society.

4. "Despite the efforts of contemporary photographers to exorcise the _____________, something lingers."

5. Photographs in China are seen as another extension of _____________, which is why the film was misunderstood.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do some theories speculate that photography allows the artist to capture when they are taking the photograph?

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

3. Sontag makes a bold assertion in regards to photography and the work of some artists. What does she assert?

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

5. What do cameras often reveal in the subject of the picture or in the object being photographed?

6. Why did photography enjoy a sudden burst in popularity, according to the text in this chapter?

7. What did the film Chung Kuo include that helped to present an accurate, though not flattering, picture of Chinese life?

8. What is the struggle that's described in relation to paintings versus taking photographs, according to Sontag?

9. What is difficult, if not impossible to do when it comes to looking at photographs, as opposed to looking at paintings?

10. What do photographs do to reality, according to this final chapter of the book as written by Sontag?

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