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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. A photograph seems to be taken in order to guarantee that the event has actually ___________.

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

3. Alfred Stieglitz produced photographs which supported Whitman's ideas, termed euphoric _____________.

4. Arbus took some pictures of 'normal' people, but contrived the pictures to make them look _____________.

5. _____________ often use cameras and practice photography as a method of certifying their travel experience.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Are people with children more or less likely to own a camera, according to Sontag's own findings?

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

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

5. How was "Family of Man" an opposite representation of what Whitman was trying to saw about humanity?

6. What does Susan Sontag suggest that photography has made society do in relation to reality?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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