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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. Like modern art, according to Sontag, photography lowers ___________ in those who view it.

2. To Whitman, the ___________ was important and it was critical to accept this truth.

3. The program with the FSA resulted in political and social _________ being placed on the rural poor.

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

5. The FSA program seems to indicate that when you photograph an object, you can _____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did Whitman think about those things which are often deemed trivial and those things considered to be real?

4. What does Susan Sontag suggest that photography has made society do in relation to reality?

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

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

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

8. What do photographs do to the scale of an object within the photograph and in real life, according to Sontag?

9. Why is surrealism not necessarily a universal art form, according to this particular chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Farm Security Administration once did a photography project which sought to capture the 'common' man

Part 1: How do you define the idea of a common man? Is this definable?

Part 2: Why is it important to document that image of a common man? Or isn't it?

Part 3: How can images of what is common change the way the world works?

Essay Topic 2

Poetry and photography are two pieces of art which are subject to interpretation. The author might have one intention, but the audience may find another.

Part 1: Why do you think photography is open to interpretation?

Part 2: Why do you think poetry is open to interpretation?

Part 3: Do you think poetry or photography is more open to interpretation? Why do you choose the answer you do?

Essay Topic 3

According to Sontag, painting favors beautiful items while photography favors less than attractive objects.

Part 1: Why do you think painting is used for beautiful items?

Part 2: Do you think painting can only be used for beautiful things? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think that photography focuses only on those things which are less attractive? Why or why not?

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