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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. To what area is the single eye of perspective unique?
(a) Asia.
(b) Europe.
(c) Middle East.
(d) South America.

2. What does the author use "The Key of Dreams" as an example of?
(a) The gap between words and image.
(b) The use of words with image.
(c) The use of poetry in image.
(d) The use of bad titles.

3. According to Berger et al., what social presence does a man command?
(a) A man's social presence is based on his income.
(b) Men have a social presence relative to their ability to see themselves as a sight.
(c) A man's power is relative to his size, bearing, and appearance.
(d) A man's power is relative to how he feels about himself.

4. Where is the spectator located when a work of art uses the single eye perspective?
(a) The spectator is never considered.
(b) At an infitite number of times and locations.
(c) At the center, in one place at one time.
(d) At the center, but could be at many places in a single time.

5. What is similar about all of the women in the images on pages 36 and 37?
(a) They are all the focus of men in the images.
(b) They are all celebrities.
(c) They are all cleaning.
(d) They are all ignoring the camera and viewer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is meant to be the ideal viewer of pages 42 and 43?

2. Which phrase describes Magritte's painting "The Key of Dreams"?

3. What affect does a title have on a painting's meaning?

4. What image is obviously coupled with Ruben's painting on pages 42 and 43?

5. In general, what does seeing do?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 6, explain how facing pages 116 and 117 return to Blake's theme of Africa and America supporting Europe.

2. What is demonstrated about the visual arts in comparing the photograph of "Sarah Burge, 1883. Dr Barnardo's Homes", and the oil painting "Peasant Boy Leaning on Sill"?

3. Describe the mood of the collection of religious iconic images presented in Chapter 4 on pages 66 and 67.

4. In Chapter 4, explain what interconnections can be made between the images of death on pages 68 and 69, and the images of food, wine, and the hunt on pages 70 and 71.

5. Give an example of how color news magazines are used to present the contrast by placement of the images.

6. How does Courbet's two paintings, reproduced in Chapter 6 on facing pages 124 and 125, titled "Girl in White Stockings" and "Demoiselles au bord de la Seine" illustrate two distinct styles of his work?

7. Explain how the authors view glamour as the modern day substitute for European oil paintings.

8. Explain how there is a difference between the freedom of choice that publicity is supposed to promote, and the freedom of choice that actually exists.

9. Explain how an oil painting depicts subjects differently than other art forms, as discussed by the authors.

10. Explain how an image is a record of a sight.

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