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

2. The camera can be used to intrude a form of _______ into leisure, within some cultures.

3. Photographs also warp our sense of _________ as they are always minute in comparison to the real object.

4. Photographs become ______________; they record the injuries time does to objects.

5. American photographers feel the country is simply too _______ to be understood - instead it must simply be catalogued.

Short Essay Questions

1. How are photographs presented as art in the modern society, according to this chapter of the book?

2. What do the Chinese tastes prefer to see in their films, which made the Italian director a poor choice for the documentary on Chinese life?

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

4. What discussion does false photography illuminate in regards to the essential division in photography?

5. What kinds of subjects does it seem that painting and photography seem to favor, according to the argument in this chapter?

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

7. Why is it so simple for people in society to collect photographs, according to the text in this chapter?

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

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

10. What does this chapter seem to believe the current definition of modern society is in relation to images and things?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sontag points out that some photographers are like scientists, documenting and examining the world.

Part 1: Why do you think photographers could be called scientists?

Part 2: Do you think photography is necessary in science? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think it's important to document the world? Or isn't it?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Farm Security Administration once did a photography project which sought to capture the 'common' man

Part 1: How do you define the idea of a common man? Is this definable?

Part 2: Why is it important to document that image of a common man? Or isn't it?

Part 3: How can images of what is common change the way the world works?

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