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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. The question becomes whether photography is a ___________ process of documentation via machine, or not.

2. "_______- proud hosts may well pull out photographs of the place to show visitors how really splendid it is."

3. In general, modern photography claims that the ___________ is irrelevant within the picture's creation.

4. Sontag seems stereotype inscrutable Chinese values, smacking of the anti-Chinese ____________ in her time.

5. The film director also focused on the most often ____________ features of Chinese life which were also humanizing.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do photographs do to reality, according to this final chapter of the book as written by Sontag?

2. What does modern photography seem to say about this subject of the photograph and its importance?

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

4. In 1839, why was photography briefly attacked by those in society, according to the history lessons of this chapter?

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

6. Why is a photograph of an object a more reliable way of looking at an object, according to the text in this chapter?

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

8. 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?

9. What do some people think a photographer needs to 'become' in order to be proficient in his or her work?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sontag also points out that some photographers are moralists, trying to identify a world vision.

Part 1: How do you think photographers are moralists? How does this label work?

Part 2: Why is it important to identify a world vision? Or isn't it?

Part 3: Is photography necessary in order to understand morality? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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