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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 art of taking documentary photographs instead of helping a situation is a tacit ____________ that whatever is going on should keep on happening.
2. Surrealism is like a _____________ because it can't make anything new - it can only judge the past.
3. Whitman wanted people to begin to see that they needed to accept the _________ within the society.
4. In what year was photography invented, according to Sontag's research as outlined in this book?
5. Photography allows all of the goals of surrealism to conflate into a _________ art, according to Sontag.
Short Essay Questions
1. What is difficult, if not impossible to do when it comes to looking at photographs, as opposed to looking at paintings?
2. What do most claim about the intentions of photography, according to the long essays in this chapter?
3. Sontag makes a bold assertion in regards to photography and the work of some artists. What does she assert?
4. Why is a photograph of an object a more reliable way of looking at an object, according to the text in this chapter?
5. How does photography make the photographer incapable of intervening in a situation?
6. What kind of art does Sontag believe photography has become, according to the text in this chapter?
7. How does photography encourage voyeurism in those who look at photographs?
8. How are photographs usually held as definitive evidence in the world, according to Sontag?
9. How might the surrealist art movement be described, according to Sontag in this chapter?
10. What does a photographic portrait not need to do, instead it can mingle documentation with artistic rendering?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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