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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. What is the question plaguing most photographic theory of the 1970s, according to Sontag in this chapter?

2. Early in their history, photographs entered __________ where they were displayed in shows as were paintings.

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

4. "For the modernist promotion of naive art always contains a _______; that one continue to honor its hidden claim to sophistication."

5. Chinese tastes favor well-______________ presentations within photography, according to the book.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What do some philosophers - namely Balzac - have to say about the idea or the act of taking photographs?

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

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

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

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 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?

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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