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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 film director also focused on the most often ____________ features of Chinese life which were also humanizing.
(a) Funny.
(b) Banal.
(c) Exciting.
(d) Violent.

2. It becomes imperative, in order to avoid cliche, to constantly be discovering new sources of ___________.
(a) Colors.
(b) Original beauty.
(c) Truth.
(d) Lighting.

3. Most continue to claim that photography is entirely _________, according to the research of Sontag.
(a) Peaceful.
(b) Innocent.
(c) Incomplete.
(d) Truthful.

4. What kind of film did Antonioni make about the Chinese culture and family life?
(a) Drama.
(b) Comedy.
(c) Action.
(d) Documentary.

5. Who was rendered with Antonioni's typical flair and technique, featuring long shots, close-ups, jarring juxtaposition, and a focus on the ordinary?
(a) Ching Kon.
(b) Chung Koan.
(c) Chung Kuo.
(d) Chang Kon.

Short Answer Questions

1. The overall discussion in this chapter is that on some level, in photography, images are or supersede __________.

2. Even though photographs are generally consistent, _________ tastes in photography exist and change over time.

3. The preference in question #154 is actually used as the very definition of modern __________, according to Sontag.

4. The reaction to the film in China is illustrative of an essential ____________ difference in the way that photography is understood.

5. Even banal or vapid objects can be made _____________ by being photographed, according to this chapter.

Short Essay Questions

1. How are photographs presented as art in the modern society, according to this chapter of the book?

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

3. What does a photographic portrait not need to do, instead it can mingle documentation with artistic rendering?

4. What do some people think a photographer needs to 'become' in order to be proficient in his or her work?

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

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

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

8. What do the Chinese tastes prefer to see in their films, which made the Italian director a poor choice for the documentary on Chinese life?

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

10. What does Sontag see as the central tension in photography, according to the discussion in this chapter?

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