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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. Who helped to lead the largest collective photographic project ever in the United States?

2. ________ Whitman is the focus of this chapter, even though he was not a photographer in his time.

3. As the text says, "Hobbesian man roams the streets, quite visible, with ____________ in his hair."

4. Photography also establishes what is allowable as an object of ____________, according to Sontag.

5. Whitman strove to argue that the world should be seen as a ______________ whole, welded together.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Whitman want to see society as a whole, according to Sontag's writings in this chapter?

2. What are the two groups into which photographers can be categorized, according to the text in this chapter?

3. How does photography make the photographer incapable of intervening in a situation?

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

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

6. What do photographs of the same subject over the course of many years show about this person or this item?

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

8. What did the Farm Service Administration effectively show about the power of photography?

9. How was "Family of Man" an opposite representation of what Whitman was trying to saw about humanity?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Photography offers the viewer a chance to look upon others, without being judged for looking.

Part 1: Do you think it's a good thing for people to look upon others through pictures? Why or why not?

Part 2: How do you think the ability to be a voyeur affects the person who is looking at the picture?

Part 3: Why do you think people feel safer looking at pictures than looking at the subject in real life?

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

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?

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