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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. When did the largest collection photographic project take place with the help of the FSA?

2. Like surrealism, photography is often about ________ poverty and wealth in its contents or its themes.

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

4. What is NOT one of the groups of people that Arbus photographed during her career?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Often, photographs are offered as evidence that something occurred at a certain time.

Part 1: Why do you think photographs are thought to be so definitive?

Part 2: How do you think photographs should be used in everyday life?

Part 3: Do you think something is real when you have a picture of it? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

According to Sontag, painting favors beautiful items while photography favors less than attractive objects.

Part 1: Why do you think painting is used for beautiful items?

Part 2: Do you think painting can only be used for beautiful things? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think that photography focuses only on those things which are less attractive? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Diane Arbus took pictures of people in society who might be considered freaks, something Sontag seems to judge.

Part 1: How do you define the idea of 'freaks'?

Part 2: Do you think there is value in the Arbus pictures? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you agree that those who are not 'normal' as defined by society are freaks? Why or why not?

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