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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. Paintings, however accurate or realistic, are not the object, but a ___________ of that object.
(a) Rendering.
(b) Shadow.
(c) Guess.
(d) Design.

2. Some champion total self ____________ for the photographer in order to capture subjects in the way that makes sense for an audience.
(a) Control.
(b) Effacement.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Aggrandizement.

3. Photography requires dissociative __________ when the person is photographing an item or object.
(a) Seeing.
(b) Understanding.
(c) Memory.
(d) Touches.

4. As a new art, photography constantly undergoes constant __________ as it must always be innovative.
(a) Framing.
(b) Revision.
(c) Exposure.
(d) Technological advances.

5. Or is photography a ________ using an incidentally mimetic process, as referenced by Sontag in the book?
(a) Forgery.
(b) Truth telling.
(c) High art.
(d) Assembly line.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is NOT one of the things that the Chinese expect from photography, which can cause a disconnect?

2. In a sense, according to Sontag, photography actually helps to ____________ beauty as society defines it.

3. Yet, photographs ________ what we often see more, according to the chapter.

4. Cartier-Bresson, in the introduction of his book, justified his unwillingness to use _________ by citing technical limitations.

5. The main question becomes whether photography is a high art or if it is merely a __________ reproduction by a machine.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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