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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 that Antonioni produced about the life of the Chinese was not shown in China until _____________.

2. Who was rendered with Antonioni's typical flair and technique, featuring long shots, close-ups, jarring juxtaposition, and a focus on the ordinary?

3. The question becomes whether photography is a ___________ process of documentation via machine, or not.

4. It is __________ to distinguish one photographer's work from another, according to the opinion of Sontag.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the end, Sontag points out that some people seem to prefer photographic images to reality.

Part 1: How are photographs superior to reality?

Part 2: Why do you think reality might be less appealing to others?

Part 3: Do you prefer photographs or reality? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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