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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 seems stereotype inscrutable Chinese values, smacking of the anti-Chinese ____________ in her time.
(a) Feelings.
(b) Movement.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Rhetoric.

2. Many tribes view the act of taking pictures of something or of someone as ______________.
(a) Evil.
(b) Truthful.
(c) Unnecessary.
(d) Soul stealing.

3. What is NOT one of the things which helped to give photography a boost in popularity when it was discovered these things could be done?
(a) Tampering.
(b) Altering.
(c) Burning.
(d) Retouching.

4. Cartier-Bresson, in the introduction of his book, justified his unwillingness to use _________ by citing technical limitations.
(a) Tripods.
(b) Digital cameras.
(c) Film.
(d) Color.

5. Photography freed ____________ from the reproductive arts, according to Sontag's writing in this book.
(a) Painting.
(b) Stage plays.
(c) Sculpting.
(d) Carving.

Short Answer Questions

1. Balzac was one of many philosophers who believed that photographs are somehow permanently invasive of the process of ________.

2. Who was rendered with Antonioni's typical flair and technique, featuring long shots, close-ups, jarring juxtaposition, and a focus on the ordinary?

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

4. Photography requires dissociative __________ when the person is photographing an item or object.

5. What kind of film did Antonioni make about the Chinese culture and family life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How are vapid or banal objects made beautiful when they are photographed, according to this chapter?

5. What is one of the methods of falsifying photographs without changing the photograph itself?

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

7. What does the final chapter have to present about the idea of images in relation to reality, something which may not be fully supported by the text?

8. What was the progression of photography in relation to its artistic status, according to this chapter?

9. Why are photographs considered to be a superior form of recording information, even more so than writing?

10. What kinds of subjects does it seem that painting and photography seem to favor, according to the argument in this chapter?

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