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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. What is NOT one of the things Sontag points out that photography seeks to look at?

2. In relation to sexuality, the very act of photography infers a perverse ________________.

3. According to Sontag, photographs are held to be definitive ___________, though Sontag does not support this idea with facts.

4. The FSA program seems to indicate that when you photograph an object, you can _____________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are the ways in which an American photographer and a European photographer differ?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Plato's cave, the prisoners are only able to see the shadows of what is real, not the actual objects.

Part 1: Why do you think Sontag used this image to begin a discussion of photography?

Part 2: How would life be different if you could only see shadows?

Part 3: Do you think you'd like a world in which all you saw were the shadows? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The Farm Security Administration once did a photography project which sought to capture the 'common' man

Part 1: How do you define the idea of a common man? Is this definable?

Part 2: Why is it important to document that image of a common man? Or isn't it?

Part 3: How can images of what is common change the way the world works?

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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