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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 art has had to struggle to become a high art, though others have not had to work as hard to get to that title?

2. Photographs are also displayed in ___________ as paintings are for others to see and to experience.

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

4. Paintings, however accurate or realistic, are not the object, but a ___________ of that object.

5. What is NOT one of the things that the Chinese expect from photography, which can cause a disconnect?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What do some people think a photographer needs to 'become' in order to be proficient in his or her work?

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

4. Sontag makes a bold assertion in regards to photography and the work of some artists. What does she assert?

5. What does the final chapter have to present about the idea of images in relation to reality, something which may not be fully supported by the text?

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

7. What is the struggle that's described in relation to paintings versus taking photographs, according to Sontag?

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

9. Why is a photograph of an object a more reliable way of looking at an object, according to the text in 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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

False photography becomes another important concern in the art of photography, with false caption being included on some photographs.

Part 1: Why do you think some photographers use false captions with their photographs?

Part 2: Do you think it's 'right' to use captions which falsely describe a photograph? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think the photograph changes when a false caption is used?

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