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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 made everybody look ________________ when she took her photographs.

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

3. Arbus presented her subjects as ______________ who were a part of the universal, the opposite of Whitman's ideas.

4. Whitman believed humanity was welded together in _________________ instead of separated from each other.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. On what other artistic areas does photography impose standards according to Sontag in this chapter?

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

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

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

5. How are photographs usually held as definitive evidence in the world, according to Sontag?

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

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

8. Why does Sontag believe that tourists always use cameras during their trips to new and exciting places?

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Sontag makes the statement that in a person being photographed in a sexual way, it's almost as if it's a violation or a rape.

Part 1: Why do you think a photograph might be like a rape?

Part 2: What happens if a person consents to having their picture taken? Is that still a 'rape' of sorts? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you feel violated when someone takes a picture of you? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

False photography becomes another important concern in the art of photography, with false caption being included on some photographs.

Part 1: Why do you think some photographers use false captions with their photographs?

Part 2: Do you think it's 'right' to use captions which falsely describe a photograph? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think the photograph changes when a false caption is used?

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