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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. People with _________ are more likely to have cameras than people who do not have them.

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

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

4. The project with the FSA was enormously influential in depicting to America the __________ face of man and his struggles.

5. Photography idealizes subjects and makes ________ of people who are in the photographs.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Chinese tastes prefer to see in their films, which made the Italian director a poor choice for the documentary on Chinese life?

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

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

4. Why is it unusual to include writing about Walt Whitman in a book about photography?

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

6. How are vapid or banal objects made beautiful when they are photographed, according to this chapter?

7. What kinds of subjects does it seem that painting and photography seem to favor, according to the argument in this chapter?

8. What was Whitman's cultural and social influence, coined Whitmanesque, according to the text?

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

10. What do some primitive tribes think about the idea of taking pictures of other people, according to this chapter?

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

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 3

Photography brings up a lot of emotions and reactions from those who take photos and from those who look at photographs.

Part 1: Why do you think photography creates such intense reactions in those who view it?

Part 2: Why do you think Sontag is so passionate about photography and spreading knowledge about it?

Part 3: How do you think photography hold so much power over those who view it and those who take pictures?

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