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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

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 2

Sontag makes the statement that in a person being photographed in a sexual way, it's almost as if it's a violation or a rape.

Part 1: Why do you think a photograph might be like a rape?

Part 2: What happens if a person consents to having their picture taken? Is that still a 'rape' of sorts? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you feel violated when someone takes a picture of you? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Diane Arbus took pictures of people in society who might be considered freaks, something Sontag seems to judge.

Part 1: How do you define the idea of 'freaks'?

Part 2: Do you think there is value in the Arbus pictures? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you agree that those who are not 'normal' as defined by society are freaks? Why or why not?

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