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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. What is the question plaguing most photographic theory of the 1970s, according to Sontag in this chapter?
(a) Is photography art?
(b) Does art matter?
(c) Does the subject exist?
(d) How is photography real?

2. Although one cannot possess all of _____________, one can possess images.
(a) Truth.
(b) Reality.
(c) The family.
(d) Honesty.

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

4. To what is photography continuously compared within the chapters of the book?
(a) Stage plays.
(b) Sculpting.
(c) Carving.
(d) Painting.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. However, photography can also make truly beautiful things seem _________, according to Sontag.

2. Most continue to claim that photography is entirely _________, according to the research of Sontag.

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

4. Within photography have also been loosely organized __________, though not as strong as painting has had.

5. Painting is usually done of ________ subjects, while photography uses different subjects in its frames.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. What does this chapter seem to believe the current definition of modern society is in relation to images and things?

8. In 1839, why was photography briefly attacked by those in society, according to the history lessons of this chapter?

9. 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?

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

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