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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. Surrealism is like a _____________ because it can't make anything new - it can only judge the past.

2. Alfred Stieglitz produced photographs which supported Whitman's ideas, termed euphoric _____________.

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

4. A photograph seems to be taken in order to guarantee that the event has actually ___________.

5. Arbus took some pictures of 'normal' people, but contrived the pictures to make them look _____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does photography encourage voyeurism in those who look at photographs?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What did Whitman think about those things which are often deemed trivial and those things considered to be real?

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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