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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. Early in their history, photographs entered __________ where they were displayed in shows as were paintings.
2. It becomes imperative, in order to avoid cliche, to constantly be discovering new sources of ___________.
3. Photographs present the real, but it is a ________ real of acquisition via mechanical duplication, according to the chapter.
4. Although one cannot possess all of _____________, one can possess images.
5. Most - nearly all - __________ images are photographs, according to Sontag's findings.
Short Essay Questions
1. In order to avoid the over-exposure of beautiful things, what becomes necessary in relation to beauty?
2. What do some people think a photographer needs to 'become' in order to be proficient in his or her work?
3. What does this chapter seem to believe the current definition of modern society is in relation to images and things?
4. 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?
5. What does Sontag see as the central tension in photography, according to the discussion in this chapter?
6. What discussion does false photography illuminate in regards to the essential division in photography?
7. What does photography have the power to do to truly beautiful things, according to 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 a photographic portrait not need to do, instead it can mingle documentation with artistic rendering?
10. What kinds of subjects does it seem that painting and photography seem to favor, according to the argument in this chapter?
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
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
Photography brings up a lot of emotions and reactions from those who take photos and from those who look at photographs.
Part 1: Why do you think photography creates such intense reactions in those who view it?
Part 2: Why do you think Sontag is so passionate about photography and spreading knowledge about it?
Part 3: How do you think photography hold so much power over those who view it and those who take pictures?
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