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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. Which statement is NOT true about viewing an image made in the past?
(a) A viewer "sees" himself in the landscape he looks at.
(b) Images from the past are made clear with a modern understaning of events.
(c) A work of art mystifies one about the past.
(d) Images show a sight that is not presently available.

2. What is prominent in Ruben's painting?
(a) Wine and a party.
(b) Men arguing.
(c) Nude figures.
(d) Fruits and vegetables.

3. What has happened to the meaning of the images on pages 40 and 41?
(a) The meaning of each image is enhanced from being surrounded by photographs of similar images.
(b) The meaning of the original image is lost as well as the meaning of the images as a whole.
(c) The meaning of the original image is combined with a pair of two other images.
(d) The meaning of the original image is lost when combined intentionally with text and other contrasting images.

4. Why can every viewer see a painting in a different way?
(a) Each viewer sees a painting based on their prior experiences and expectations.
(b) Every viewer has a different color preference.
(c) Viewers have a variety of education levels in art history.
(d) All viewers have different eyesight abilities.

5. In general, what are words used to do?
(a) Explain the environment.
(b) See the environment.
(c) Learn new things.
(d) Avoid danger.

Short Answer Questions

1. What generalization could be made about the combination of images on pages 40 and 41?

2. What painting by Ruben is included in pages 42 and 43?

3. Which of the following is a detail of Gauguin's painting "Nevermore"?

4. What does the word 'image' mean in this book?

5. Which painting is used an example of who benefits from a nude painting?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Bronzino's painting of Cupid kissing the lips of Venus shows that nudity is created with a spectator in mind.

2. What do you think is the overall mood of the collection of images in Chapter 2 on pages 38 and 39?

3. Describe how the single eye of perspective changes with the invention of the camera.

4. Describe how there is a gap between words and sight, as explained in Chapter 1.

5. Explain how Cubism contradicts the single eye of perspective.

6. Explain how, according to the authors, a woman continually sees and is seen by herself as two parts of one female identity.

7. According to Berger et al., how can the story of Adam and Eve explain the shamefulness associated with being naked?

8. What effect does the inclusion of text have on the images in pages 40 and 41?

9. In Chapter 2, pages 42 and 43, how do the women in the images appear to men in the images?

10. Explain how the commission by Frans Hals could easily be misunderstood by the modern viewer.

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