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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. By __________, photography became an acceptable part of modern day life, according to the book.

2. Although one cannot possess all of _____________, one can possess images.

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

4. Both painting and photography share a devotion to traditional __________ within their finished pieces.

5. What kind of film did Antonioni make about the Chinese culture and family life?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is one of the methods of falsifying photographs without changing the photograph itself?

3. How are vapid or banal objects made beautiful when they are photographed, according to this chapter?

4. Why are photographs considered to be a superior form of recording information, even more so than writing?

5. What does Sontag see as the central tension in photography, according to the discussion in this chapter?

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

7. 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?

8. What does the final chapter have to present about the idea of images in relation to reality, something which may not be fully supported by the text?

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

10. Sontag makes a bold assertion in regards to photography and the work of some artists. What does she assert?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Photography offers the viewer a chance to look upon others, without being judged for looking.

Part 1: Do you think it's a good thing for people to look upon others through pictures? Why or why not?

Part 2: How do you think the ability to be a voyeur affects the person who is looking at the picture?

Part 3: Why do you think people feel safer looking at pictures than looking at the subject in real life?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Photographs can be made to speak with the help of captions beside them, but are these captions always necessary?

Part 1: Why do you think it's necessary to include captions with photographs?

Part 2: How do you think the photograph is changed by the introduction of captions?

Part 3: Do you think captions are necessary to include with pictures? Why or why not?

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