On Photography Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Photographs are clearly superior at recording information in comparison to __________.

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

4. _____________ were circulated condemning the film as a gross mischaracterization of China and the Chinese.

5. The very act of ____________ something new casts it as something new and beautiful.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the progression of photography in relation to its artistic status, according to this chapter?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Photographs can capture beauty in all things, even things which are not supposed to be conventionally beautiful.

Part 1: How do you define the idea of beauty? Why?

Part 2: Why do you think it's important for some to capture images of beauty?

Part 3: How do beautiful images affect those who look at them? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Poetry and photography are two pieces of art which are subject to interpretation. The author might have one intention, but the audience may find another.

Part 1: Why do you think photography is open to interpretation?

Part 2: Why do you think poetry is open to interpretation?

Part 3: Do you think poetry or photography is more open to interpretation? Why do you choose the answer you do?

Essay Topic 3

Often, photographs are offered as evidence that something occurred at a certain time.

Part 1: Why do you think photographs are thought to be so definitive?

Part 2: How do you think photographs should be used in everyday life?

Part 3: Do you think something is real when you have a picture of it? Why or why not?

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