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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. As a result of being considered to be documentation, photographs yield a _______ that no other art form can yield.

2. Like surrealism, photography is often about ________ poverty and wealth in its contents or its themes.

3. What is NOT one of the ways that surrealism is described by Sontag in this particular chapter?

4. What kind of takeover did photography's influence lead to, according to Sontag?

5. Sontag defines photography as an aid to ______________ in the opening chapter.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What kind of art does Sontag believe photography has become, according to the text in this chapter?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Photographs can capture beauty in all things, even things which are not supposed to be conventionally beautiful.

Part 1: How do you define the idea of beauty? Why?

Part 2: Why do you think it's important for some to capture images of beauty?

Part 3: How do beautiful images affect those who look at them? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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