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

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

3. However, photography can also make truly beautiful things seem _________, according to Sontag.

4. Cartier-Bresson, in the introduction of his book, justified his unwillingness to use _________ by citing technical limitations.

5. The reaction to the film in China is illustrative of an essential ____________ difference in the way that photography is understood.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does this chapter seem to believe the current definition of modern society is in relation to images and things?

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

4. What does photography have the power to do to truly beautiful things, according to this chapter?

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

6. Why is a photograph of an object a more reliable way of looking at an object, according to the text in this chapter?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Sontag, painting favors beautiful items while photography favors less than attractive objects.

Part 1: Why do you think painting is used for beautiful items?

Part 2: Do you think painting can only be used for beautiful things? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think that photography focuses only on those things which are less attractive? 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 also points out that some photographers are moralists, trying to identify a world vision.

Part 1: How do you think photographers are moralists? How does this label work?

Part 2: Why is it important to identify a world vision? Or isn't it?

Part 3: Is photography necessary in order to understand morality? Why or why not?

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