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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. Photographs do not create ___________ but they reinforce existing morality, according to Sontag.

2. The camera's drive toward enabling _______________ use promotes the use of photography as a means of pornography.

3. Whitman strove to argue that the world should be seen as a ______________ whole, welded together.

4. What is NOT one of the groups of people that Arbus photographed during her career?

5. Some photographers are _________, seeking to clarify or to identify a world vision.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the progression of photography in relation to its artistic status, according to this chapter?

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. Are people with children more or less likely to own a camera, according to Sontag's own findings?

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

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

10. What is the significance of the title of this particular chapter of this Susan Sontag book?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Often, photographs are offered as evidence that something occurred at a certain time.

Part 1: Why do you think photographs are thought to be so definitive?

Part 2: How do you think photographs should be used in everyday life?

Part 3: Do you think something is real when you have a picture of it? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In its beginnings, photography was thought to be unnatural and disgraceful, though it eventually grew accepted and then revered.

Part 1: Why do you think photography was once thought to be unnatural?

Part 2: Why do you think the attitude toward photography changed over the years?

Part 3: In what ways is photography unnatural today? Why?

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