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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. One of the things that Sontag reminds the reader is that Surrealism is not a __________ art form.

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

3. A photograph can only convey ____________of something, but gives no real information about the subject.

4. American photographers feel the country is simply too _______ to be understood - instead it must simply be catalogued.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do some philosophers - namely Balzac - have to say about the idea or the act of taking photographs?

2. What did the film Chung Kuo include that helped to present an accurate, though not flattering, picture of Chinese life?

3. What does a photographic portrait not need to do, instead it can mingle documentation with artistic rendering?

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

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

6. In 1839, why was photography briefly attacked by those in society, according to the history lessons of this chapter?

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

8. What do cameras often reveal in the subject of the picture or in the object being photographed?

9. Why are photographs considered to be a superior form of recording information, even more so than writing?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Photographs can be made to speak with the help of captions beside them, but are these captions always necessary?

Part 1: Why do you think it's necessary to include captions with photographs?

Part 2: How do you think the photograph is changed by the introduction of captions?

Part 3: Do you think captions are necessary to include with pictures? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Sontag also points out that some photographers are moralists, trying to identify a world vision.

Part 1: How do you think photographers are moralists? How does this label work?

Part 2: Why is it important to identify a world vision? Or isn't it?

Part 3: Is photography necessary in order to understand morality? Why or why not?

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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