On Photography Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Some cultures feel that the image is in fact part of the _________, according to this chapter of the book.

2. Photographs make ____________ safe and concrete, according to Sontag. Some prefer photographs to reality.

3. The preference in question #154 is actually used as the very definition of modern __________, according to Sontag.

4. The reaction to the film in China is illustrative of an essential ____________ difference in the way that photography is understood.

5. The __________ are not the same between painting and photography, though the devotion may be.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the progression of photography in relation to its artistic status, according to this chapter?

2. What do some theories speculate that photography allows the artist to capture when they are taking the photograph?

3. What does a photographic portrait not need to do, instead it can mingle documentation with artistic rendering?

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

5. Why did photography enjoy a sudden burst in popularity, according to the text in this chapter?

6. What do some philosophers - namely Balzac - have to say about the idea or the act of taking photographs?

7. What does photography have the power to do to truly beautiful things, according to this chapter?

8. What did the film Chung Kuo include that helped to present an accurate, though not flattering, picture of Chinese life?

9. What do most claim about the intentions of photography, according to the long essays in this chapter?

10. In order to avoid the over-exposure of beautiful things, what becomes necessary in relation to beauty?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In the end, Sontag points out that some people seem to prefer photographic images to reality.

Part 1: How are photographs superior to reality?

Part 2: Why do you think reality might be less appealing to others?

Part 3: Do you prefer photographs or reality? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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