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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 summarizes how images are subjective?
(a) A good artist can pass his way of seeing to the viewer,
(b) People usually see the same images.
(c) An artist represents his own way of seeing, and the viewer sees the art with another way of seeing.
(d) Paintings rarely have good titles to define their meaning.

2. What do images of the past promote?
(a) Authority.
(b) Reinterpretation.
(c) Illusion.
(d) Technology.

3. Which of the following is a detail of Gauguin's painting "Nevermore"?
(a) The female figure is facing her back to the viewer.
(b) The painting includes a crow sitting above the female nude.
(c) The painting includes a man at the woman's side.
(d) The viewer can see many sides of the female figure.

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 cleaning.
(c) They are all ignoring the camera and viewer.
(d) They are all celebrities.

5. In pages 36 and 37, how is the female figure presented?
(a) In make-up advertisements.
(b) Fully clothed.
(c) All in designer clothing.
(d) Nude.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is typically the focus in a work of art displaying a nude?

2. Which is a traditional object used in covering the figures in nude paintings?

3. Which item would NOT fit the theme on pages 40 and 41?

4. What could be stated as the theme of pages 40 and 41?

5. According to the authors, what are women culturally and socially conditioned to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the meaning of the images in Chapter 6 on pages 120 and 121, that depict daily life, of any significance?

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

3. According to the authors, how is a collector of art different than a collector of other things?

4. Explain how the pairs of paintings and photographs in Chapter 6 on pages 126 and 127 complement each other.

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

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

7. Berger et al. explain that there is a certain style of European oil painting that does not put the nakedness of a women as the center display, but rather puts the relationship of the woman and artist on display. What is considered provocative about these images?

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

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

10. Chapter 5 begins with an oil painting showing several items contemporaneous with the Dutch school in 1665. Describe the painting and the objects it depicts.

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