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

2. What does Berger et al. claim that a woman's presence is to a man?
(a) A man thinks of a woman's presence only as it benefits himself.
(b) A man thinks of a woman's presence only as a physical existence.
(c) A man thinks of a woman's presence as an awkward postition.
(d) A man thinks of a woman's presence as emotional radiance.

3. What invention eventually disproves the idea of center, and single eye?
(a) The computer.
(b) The camera.
(c) The microscope.
(d) The clock.

4. 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.

5. Which is a traditional object used in covering the figures in nude paintings?
(a) Water.
(b) Fig leaves.
(c) Books or papers.
(d) Mirrors.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what are the authors trying to demonstrate with the images on pages 40 and 41?

2. Why can every viewer see a painting in a different way?

3. How does the painter, Durer, create what he believes is the perfect nude?

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

5. Which statement is NOT true about viewing an image made in the past?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the combination of images present in Chapter 2 on pages 40 and 41.

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

3. How does the value of the original painting change after it has been reproduced many times?

4. How is a work of art from the past mystifying to the modern viewer?

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

6. Describe the general mood of the collection of images on pages 42 and 43.

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

8. Explain how combining a variety of images to present a concept can be more powerful than using a single image.

9. What happens to the meaning of a painting when many reproductions are made?

10. Describe how Magritte's painting "The Key of Dreams" is a commentary on the gap between words and image.

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