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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 did the acronym FSA stand for in relation to the most ambitious collection photographic project?

2. Whitman sought in his work to find _____________ between the differences which exist.

3. A photograph can only convey ____________of something, but gives no real information about the subject.

4. Whitman's idea was to look beyond the idea of __________ and of ugliness to see more in the world.

5. Whitman wanted people to begin to see that they needed to accept the _________ within the society.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What did Edward Steichen photograph in order to show that objects aren't always as simple as they appear?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Poetry and photography are two pieces of art which are subject to interpretation. The author might have one intention, but the audience may find another.

Part 1: Why do you think photography is open to interpretation?

Part 2: Why do you think poetry is open to interpretation?

Part 3: Do you think poetry or photography is more open to interpretation? Why do you choose the answer you do?

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

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?

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