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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. To what is photography continuously compared within the chapters of the book?

2. Collecting photographs is easy. What is NOT one of the reasons for the ease of collecting photographs, according to this chapter?

3. Some cultures feel that the image is in fact part of the _________, according to this chapter of the book.

4. Photographs are presented as sophisticated ____________, though they are made with little more than a click of a button.

5. Some theorize that the practice of photography allows the disclosure of a ___________ truth.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is one of the methods of falsifying photographs without changing the photograph itself?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Whitman strove to see what was similar in all beings as opposed to what was unique about people, it seems.

Part 1: Do you think people are unique or are we all the same? Why or why not?

Part 2: How does the perception of the world change when you realize all people are the same?

Part 3: Why do you think it's important to see similarities among people? Or isn't it?

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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