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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. Photography also establishes what is allowable as an object of ____________, according to Sontag.

2. Surrealism seeks to document and to reconnoiter ___________, much in the same way that photography does.

3. Whose technique is considered to be impeccable, according to this chapter of the book?

4. The cave allegory speaks of __________ chained to a wall within the story itself.

5. Photography often makes the photographer incapable of _____________ - one can either document or do something else.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does surrealism look at wealth, which is the same way that photography seems to look at wealth?

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

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

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

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

10. What was the goal of the Farm Service Administration photographic project in 1935 as described in this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Whitman strove to see what was similar in all beings as opposed to what was unique about people, it seems.

Part 1: Do you think people are unique or are we all the same? Why or why not?

Part 2: How does the perception of the world change when you realize all people are the same?

Part 3: Why do you think it's important to see similarities among people? Or isn't it?

Essay Topic 3

Sontag also points out that some photographers are moralists, trying to identify a world vision.

Part 1: How do you think photographers are moralists? How does this label work?

Part 2: Why is it important to identify a world vision? Or isn't it?

Part 3: Is photography necessary in order to understand morality? Why or why not?

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