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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. Diane Arbus is discussed as having been one to photograph the ____________ of society.

2. What is NOT one of the groups of people that Arbus photographed during her career?

3. What movement is capricious and inadvertent, according to Sontag?

4. The camera can be used to intrude a form of _______ into leisure, within some cultures.

5. Whitman's view was challenged and entirely defeated mostly by accident by ________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What kind of art does Sontag believe photography has become, according to the text in this chapter?

6. What do some people think a photographer needs to 'become' in order to be proficient in his or her work?

7. What do photographs do to the scale of an object within the photograph and in real life, according to Sontag?

8. How does surrealism look at wealth, which is the same way that photography seems to look at wealth?

9. 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?

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Sontag makes a bold supposition that some artists create their works only to be photographed.

Part 1: Do you think an artist would only create something in order to get its picture taken?

Part 2: Why do you think artists create their pieces to begin with?

Part 3: Do you agree with Sontag's idea? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Often, photographs are offered as evidence that something occurred at a certain time.

Part 1: Why do you think photographs are thought to be so definitive?

Part 2: How do you think photographs should be used in everyday life?

Part 3: Do you think something is real when you have a picture of it? Why or why not?

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