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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Irwin feel will help clear his mind in his journey of discovery?
(a) The heat of the desert.
(b) The vastness of the ocean.
(c) The barrenness of the desert.
(d) The business of the city.

2. Irwin is intrigued by the concept of becoming ________________ which held the dual challenge of becoming responsible.
(a) Reliable.
(b) Reasonable.
(c) Reversible.
(d) Retrievable.

3. Robert's focus now becomes what?
(a) The lighting and the walls of the room.
(b) The floor and ceiling.
(c) The windows.
(d) The viewer.

4. In general, Irwin's post-Whitney works are substantially ______________________ than his pre-Whitney projects.
(a) Larger-scale, more expensive and more complex.
(b) Larger-scale, more expensive and less complex.
(c) Smaller-scale, less expensive and more complex.
(d) Smaller-scale, less expensive and simpler.

5. Later during his disc period, Irwin is able to work with plastic discs, which provide what?
(a) Ease of transport.
(b) A safer work environment.
(c) Weightlessness.
(d) The added element of translucence.

Short Answer Questions

1. Turrell eventually drops out of the project with no explanation. Perhaps he had fallen under what?

2. I think therefore _____________.

3. Between ___________ and 1970, Irwin's work can be chartered by time and focused progression.

4. This concept is supported by what?

5. Maurice Tuchman, curator of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, enlists the cooperation of some __________________ corporate institutions to place artists in an Art and Technology program.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Irwin's installation in the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art in 1975.

2. With what do the men experiment? Describe these experiments.

3. What do viewers think of this display?

4. What leads Irwin to painting discs?

5. Describe Irwin's installations after 1970.

6. What happens when enthusiasm for Irwin grows?

7. What questions does Irwin ask himself regarding these discs? How does he answer this question?

8. What leads Irwin to write his own view on this philosophy? Describe this work.

9. What does Maurice Tuchman organize?

10. How did Irwin see this display?

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