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

2. The __________ are not the same between painting and photography, though the devotion may be.

3. The preference in question #154 is actually used as the very definition of modern __________, according to Sontag.

4. Painting allows for __________ vision, while photography does not require this sort of vision.

5. In 1839, photography was briefly attacked as something ___________ and disgraceful, according to the book.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Sontag see as the central tension in photography, according to the discussion in this chapter?

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

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

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

6. Why is it so simple for people in society to collect photographs, according to the text in this chapter?

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

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

9. What do photographs do to reality, according to this final chapter of the book as written by Sontag?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Photography offers the viewer a chance to look upon others, without being judged for looking.

Part 1: Do you think it's a good thing for people to look upon others through pictures? Why or why not?

Part 2: How do you think the ability to be a voyeur affects the person who is looking at the picture?

Part 3: Why do you think people feel safer looking at pictures than looking at the subject in real life?

Essay Topic 3

Sontag makes the statement that in a person being photographed in a sexual way, it's almost as if it's a violation or a rape.

Part 1: Why do you think a photograph might be like a rape?

Part 2: What happens if a person consents to having their picture taken? Is that still a 'rape' of sorts? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you feel violated when someone takes a picture of you? Why or why not?

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