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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 photographic __________ need not capture or immortalize transient defects, as it was now seen in society.

2. At times in the photography movement, the __________ is considered important while at other times it is not.

3. This chapter says that society seems to prefer ________ to things, and continues to repeat this idea throughout the text.

4. Who was rendered with Antonioni's typical flair and technique, featuring long shots, close-ups, jarring juxtaposition, and a focus on the ordinary?

5. Photography allows painting to focus on the purely __________ of the object being captured.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do cameras often reveal in the subject of the picture or in the object being photographed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Sontag points out that some photographers are like scientists, documenting and examining the world.

Part 1: Why do you think photographers could be called scientists?

Part 2: Do you think photography is necessary in science? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think it's important to document the world? Or isn't it?

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