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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. The art of taking documentary photographs instead of helping a situation is a tacit ____________ that whatever is going on should keep on happening.

2. The camera's drive toward enabling _______________ use promotes the use of photography as a means of pornography.

3. What are the shadows in the cave shadows of, according to the book?

4. What did the acronym FSA stand for in relation to the most ambitious collection photographic project?

5. Photography, like other surrealist arts, is itself ___________ and yet it is transitory, according to Sontag.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who were some of the groups of people who Diane Arbus took pictures of when she was creating portraits?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How might the surrealist art movement be described, according to Sontag in this chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

False photography becomes another important concern in the art of photography, with false caption being included on some photographs.

Part 1: Why do you think some photographers use false captions with their photographs?

Part 2: Do you think it's 'right' to use captions which falsely describe a photograph? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think the photograph changes when a false caption is used?

Essay Topic 2

Sontag points out that most people either have a camera or have access to a camera, making them hard to avoid these days.

Part 1: Why do you think people are so interested in having cameras around?

Part 2: Do you have a camera? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think cameras will be more or less important as the years go on? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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