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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. American photographers feel the country is simply too _______ to be understood - instead it must simply be catalogued.

2. Arbus admitted to the fact that her own work violated her own ______________ because of its content.

3. Surrealism, like photography, seeks to look at ___________ objects, according to those who deem them so.

4. When did the largest collection photographic project take place with the help of the FSA?

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. On what other artistic areas does photography impose standards according to Sontag in this chapter?

2. How was "Family of Man" an opposite representation of what Whitman was trying to saw about humanity?

3. What does Surrealism strive to do in society, much like the goals of photography in the world?

4. What has photography established, according to Sontag in this chapter in relation to how objects are seen?

5. What does Susan Sontag suggest that photography has made society do in relation to reality?

6. What do photographs of the same subject over the course of many years show about this person or this item?

7. How might the surrealist art movement be described, according to Sontag in this chapter?

8. What was Whitman's cultural and social influence, coined Whitmanesque, according to the text?

9. Why is photography a democratizing experience, according to Sontag in this particular chapter of the book?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Poetry and photography are two pieces of art which are subject to interpretation. The author might have one intention, but the audience may find another.

Part 1: Why do you think photography is open to interpretation?

Part 2: Why do you think poetry is open to interpretation?

Part 3: Do you think poetry or photography is more open to interpretation? Why do you choose the answer you do?

Essay Topic 2

Photographs can be made to speak with the help of captions beside them, but are these captions always necessary?

Part 1: Why do you think it's necessary to include captions with photographs?

Part 2: How do you think the photograph is changed by the introduction of captions?

Part 3: Do you think captions are necessary to include with pictures? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

In the end, Sontag points out that some people seem to prefer photographic images to reality.

Part 1: How are photographs superior to reality?

Part 2: Why do you think reality might be less appealing to others?

Part 3: Do you prefer photographs or reality? Why?

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