Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As an art student, Robert is both _________________.
(a) Talented and challenged.
(b) Confused and worried.
(c) Arrogant and cocky.
(d) Blessed and cursed.

2. There is nothing Irwin likes more than cruising around L.A. at any time of the day or night and stopping to do what?
(a) Look for celebrities.
(b) Take photographs.
(c) People watch.
(d) Enjoy a Coke.

3. Although there was an innate pride in his son's modern art, Overton____________ it less than his wife.
(a) Appreciated.
(b) Wanted to see.
(c) Understood.
(d) Liked.

4. By the late '60s he creates rooms devoid of what?
(a) Light.
(b) Objects.
(c) Color.
(d) Texture.

5. The genesis of Irwin's artistry is _____________.
(a) Unusual.
(b) Vague.
(c) Odd.
(d) Obvious.

6. Irwin takes his lead from master artist _____________, who in creating a multitude of paintings always uses the same subjects--a set of bottles.
(a) Marisol.
(b) Moriarty.
(c) Morandi.
(d) Mandalay.

7. Irwin's years of striving for perfection and precision in what is now echoed in his works as an artist?
(a) Being a paratrooper.
(b) Learning to dance.
(c) Detailing his cars.
(d) Studying music.

8. With what does Ferus present Irwin?
(a) His first experience with contemporaries whose work is superior to his own.
(b) His first experience with contemporaries whose work is inferior to his own.
(c) His first experience in a gallery setting.
(d) His first experience with contemporaries with more art training.

9. Irwin is called back to active duty in the Army during what?
(a) The Korean War.
(b) The Gulf War.
(c) The Cold War.
(d) The Vietnam War.

10. Irwin sees this as a tool to use toward what?
(a) Fame and fortune.
(b) Overcoming obstacles.
(c) Change and accomplishment.
(d) Becoming fearless.

11. Who early on takes note of Robert's natural talent?
(a) The school principal.
(b) A music teacher.
(c) His girlfriend.
(d) An art teacher.

12. Irwin grows discontented with his show at ____________ in Los Angeles.
(a) Los Angeles Center for Digital Art.
(b) Couturier Gallery.
(c) Bert Green Fine Art Gallery.
(d) The Felix Landau Gallery.

13. The entrepreneur not only admires Irwin's art but also what?
(a) His love of New York.
(b) His easy-going personality.
(c) His determination and ambition to succeed.
(d) His religious background.

14. To enhance the introspection of their processes, some of the Ferus artists become practitioners of what?
(a) Palm reading.
(b) Zen and other Asian philosophies.
(c) Christianity.
(d) Zen Buddhism.

15. Due to his school's proximity to what, Irwin becomes interested in gambling?
(a) The Hollywood Casino.
(b) Casino Knights.
(c) The Hollywood Park Race Track.
(d) Commerce Casino.

Short Answer Questions

1. That Irwin's childhood recollections reside mainly as _____________________ is a clue that his strong connection to the visual was present very early in life.

2. What seems to stand out as having the most war-time relevancy to Robert's young life?

3. After graduating from high school, Robert's buddies convince him to join them in doing what?

4. From what does Irwin begin to withdraw?

5. Robert's mother apparently provided Robert with an ethical foundation and his father indoctrinated him with what?

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