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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. Many tribes view the act of taking pictures of something or of someone as ______________.

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

3. What art has had to struggle to become a high art, though others have not had to work as hard to get to that title?

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

5. Another method of falsifying photographs is to falsely __________ them, according to Sontag's findings.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is the struggle that's described in relation to paintings versus taking photographs, according to Sontag?

8. What do some primitive tribes think about the idea of taking pictures of other people, according to this chapter?

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

10. Why did photography enjoy a sudden burst in popularity, according to the text 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

In Plato's cave, the prisoners are only able to see the shadows of what is real, not the actual objects.

Part 1: Why do you think Sontag used this image to begin a discussion of photography?

Part 2: How would life be different if you could only see shadows?

Part 3: Do you think you'd like a world in which all you saw were the shadows? 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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