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

2. Diane Arbus is discussed as having been one to photograph the ____________ of society.

3. Photographs also warp our sense of _________ as they are always minute in comparison to the real object.

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

5. Unlike what the previous parts of the chapter say, Sontag goes on to say that photography can inform ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In the end, Sontag points out that some people seem to prefer photographic images to reality.

Part 1: How are photographs superior to reality?

Part 2: Why do you think reality might be less appealing to others?

Part 3: Do you prefer photographs or reality? Why?

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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