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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. Just like painting and other forms of art, photography has had various ____________.

2. The real problem with bringing ________ photographs into mainstream is a procedure which contradicts the nature of most photographs.

3. "Despite the efforts of contemporary photographers to exorcise the _____________, something lingers."

4. According to the beginning of this chapter, photographs discover ___________.

5. Photography freed ____________ from the reproductive arts, according to Sontag's writing in this book.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is difficult, if not impossible to do when it comes to looking at photographs, as opposed to looking at paintings?

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

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

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

7. Why is a photograph of an object a more reliable way of looking at an object, according to the text in 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 does Sontag see as the central tension in photography, according to the discussion in this chapter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In its beginnings, photography was thought to be unnatural and disgraceful, though it eventually grew accepted and then revered.

Part 1: Why do you think photography was once thought to be unnatural?

Part 2: Why do you think the attitude toward photography changed over the years?

Part 3: In what ways is photography unnatural today? Why?

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

According to Sontag, painting favors beautiful items while photography favors less than attractive objects.

Part 1: Why do you think painting is used for beautiful items?

Part 2: Do you think painting can only be used for beautiful things? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think that photography focuses only on those things which are less attractive? Why or why not?

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