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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. Who helped to lead the largest collective photographic project ever in the United States?

2. What picture of Steichen's was composed of portraiture that showed the universal in the individual?

3. Edward Steichen photographed __________ objects to demonstrate technique and insight within photography.

4. What is the only thing the people in the cave who are chained to the wall can see?

5. Whitman wanted people to begin to see that they needed to accept the _________ within the society.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the ways in which an American photographer and a European photographer differ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does photography make the photographer incapable of intervening in a situation?

9. What are the two groups into which photographers can be categorized, according to the text in this chapter?

10. How are photographs usually held as definitive evidence in the world, according to Sontag?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sontag points out that some photographers are like scientists, documenting and examining the world.

Part 1: Why do you think photographers could be called scientists?

Part 2: Do you think photography is necessary in science? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think it's important to document the world? Or isn't it?

Essay Topic 2

False photography becomes another important concern in the art of photography, with false caption being included on some photographs.

Part 1: Why do you think some photographers use false captions with their photographs?

Part 2: Do you think it's 'right' to use captions which falsely describe a photograph? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think the photograph changes when a false caption is used?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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