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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 real problem with bringing ________ photographs into mainstream is a procedure which contradicts the nature of most photographs.
(a) Bad.
(b) Terrific.
(c) Impressionistic.
(d) Functional.

2. "Despite the efforts of contemporary photographers to exorcise the _____________, something lingers."
(a) Ordinary.
(b) Specter of art.
(c) Abstract.
(d) Demons.

3. Who invited Antonioni to make a film about the Chinese life and its culture?
(a) United States government.
(b) Chinese government.
(c) Italian government.
(d) No one.

4. ___________ often reveal beauty that is not normally seen, according to Sontag in this chapter.
(a) Film slides.
(b) Frames.
(c) Cameras.
(d) Books.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Some cultures feel that the image is in fact part of the _________, according to this chapter of the book.

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

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?

4. Collecting photographs is easy. What is NOT one of the reasons for the ease of collecting photographs, according to this chapter?

5. _____________ is easy, rapid, and can be performed by just about anyone, according to Sontag.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is it so simple for people in society to collect photographs, according to the text in this chapter?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What discussion does false photography illuminate in regards to the essential division in photography?

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