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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. Arbus' pictures were presented as _____________, even though the content at the time was not considered so.

2. Some photographers are ___________, seeking to document and visually examine the world.

3. Photographers sought to illustrate ____________in discord, or a polity among banal and trivial subjects.

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

5. Unlike what the previous parts of the chapter say, Sontag goes on to say that photography can inform ____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Whitman want to see society as a whole, according to Sontag's writings 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 the Farm Service Administration effectively show about the power of photography?

4. What does Surrealism strive to do in society, much like the goals of photography in the world?

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

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

7. Why is photography a democratizing experience, according to Sontag in this particular chapter of the book?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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