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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 kind of takeover did photography's influence lead to, according to Sontag?

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

3. What is the only thing the people in the cave who are chained to the wall can see?

4. In large measure, photography has replaced experiential interaction with __________, according to the book.

5. Camera use is especially pronounced in tourists who come from cultures that stress activity and ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the goal of the Farm Service Administration photographic project in 1935 as described in this chapter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is surrealism not necessarily a universal art form, according to this particular chapter?

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

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

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

Whitman strove to look beyond beauty and ugliness into the essential value of a person or object, something that photography can do as well.

Part 1: How do you define beauty in this world? Why?

Part 2: How do you define ugliness in this world? Why?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible to look beyond ugliness and beauty? Why or why not?

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