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

2. The photographic __________ need not capture or immortalize transient defects, as it was now seen in society.

3. Many tribes view the act of taking pictures of something or of someone as ______________.

4. In a sense, according to Sontag, photography actually helps to ____________ beauty as society defines it.

5. And others believe that all proficient photographers must metaphysically ________ the object which they are photographing.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the progression of photography in relation to its artistic status, according to this chapter?

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

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

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

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

6. What does a photographic portrait not need to do, instead it can mingle documentation with artistic rendering?

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

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

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

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

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 be made to speak with the help of captions beside them, but are these captions always necessary?

Part 1: Why do you think it's necessary to include captions with photographs?

Part 2: How do you think the photograph is changed by the introduction of captions?

Part 3: Do you think captions are necessary to include with pictures? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Poetry and photography are two pieces of art which are subject to interpretation. The author might have one intention, but the audience may find another.

Part 1: Why do you think photography is open to interpretation?

Part 2: Why do you think poetry is open to interpretation?

Part 3: Do you think poetry or photography is more open to interpretation? Why do you choose the answer you do?

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