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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The FSA project took pictures of __________ groups living in rural areas and experiencing rural problems.

2. What was the profession or the career choice for Whitman during his time in the world?

3. _____________ often use cameras and practice photography as a method of certifying their travel experience.

4. To Whitman, the ___________ was important and it was critical to accept this truth.

5. Photography has become a bit of a surrealist art, not a/an __________ art, but close to it, according to Sontag.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is surrealism not necessarily a universal art form, according to this particular chapter?

2. How did Whitman want to see society as a whole, according to Sontag's writings in this chapter?

3. What did the Farm Service Administration effectively show about the power of photography?

4. What did Steichen thus do with his photographs in terms of creating importance with the subject of the picture?

5. Why is it unusual to include writing about Walt Whitman in a book about photography?

6. What did Edward Steichen photograph in order to show that objects aren't always as simple as they appear?

7. Why did photography come to be seen as a type of copulation with the material world?

8. What did Whitman think about those things which are often deemed trivial and those things considered to be real?

9. How does photography encourage voyeurism in those who look at photographs?

10. Why does Sontag believe that tourists always use cameras during their trips to new and exciting places?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whitman strove to look beyond beauty and ugliness into the essential value of a person or object, something that photography can do as well.

Part 1: How do you define beauty in this world? Why?

Part 2: How do you define ugliness in this world? Why?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible to look beyond ugliness and beauty? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Sontag makes the statement that in a person being photographed in a sexual way, it's almost as if it's a violation or a rape.

Part 1: Why do you think a photograph might be like a rape?

Part 2: What happens if a person consents to having their picture taken? Is that still a 'rape' of sorts? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you feel violated when someone takes a picture of you? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Sontag makes a bold supposition that some artists create their works only to be photographed.

Part 1: Do you think an artist would only create something in order to get its picture taken?

Part 2: Why do you think artists create their pieces to begin with?

Part 3: Do you agree with Sontag's idea? Why or why not?

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