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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 is surprising to see mixed in with the images on pages 40 and 41?
(a) A bottle of wine.
(b) A Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
(c) Elephants in a circus.
(d) Slices of ham.

2. What is a contradiction to the assumption that early European oil painters portrayed a level of humanism in their work?
(a) Their inability to use humanistic expression in landscapes.
(b) Their use of non-human colors to paint their nudes.
(c) Their expression of women as either objects or abstractions.
(d) Their omission of male nudes in their paintings.

3. What is Berger's conclusion about the image of a nude woman looking in a mirror?
(a) That the mirror signifies the woman's vanity.
(b) That the mirror neutralizes the guilt of both spectator and nude.
(c) That the mirror shows a woman comparing herself to a younger woman.
(d) That the mirror creates a split character in the nude woman.

4. What image is obviously coupled with Ruben's painting on pages 42 and 43?
(a) A publicity image of a famous movie star.
(b) A photo shoot of a woman provocatively posed.
(c) A still life by Van Gogh.
(d) A self-portrait by Rembrandt.

5. Which phrase describes Magritte's painting "The Key of Dreams"?
(a) A kitchen sink.
(b) A four-pane window.
(c) A clock tower.
(d) A forest of trees.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is unique about the Cubist images in Chapter 2 on pages 38 and 39?

2. According to the authors, what is a woman's internal presence comprised of?

3. Most of the images on pages 40 and 41 are of what content?

4. Which statement best describes what is eliminated when a work of art is reproduced?

5. What do Berger et al. say about the portrayal of naked women in early European oil paintings?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe how men and women are different social presences, according to Berger et al.

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

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

9. What is similar in all of the images in Chapter 2 on pages 36 and 37?

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

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