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

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

3. What is typically the focus in a work of art displaying a nude?
(a) A female figure undressing for the male viewer.
(b) A dressed male figure viewing the figure of a naked woman.
(c) A male figure and female figure without clothing.
(d) A naked female ignoring the unknown viewer.

4. 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 combined with a pair of two other images.
(c) The meaning of the original image is lost when combined intentionally with text and other contrasting images.
(d) The meaning of the original image is lost as well as the meaning of the images as a whole.

5. Who is Frans Hals?
(a) A young impressionist in 1890.
(b) An eighty-year-old destitute Dutch painter in 1664.
(c) A famous, modern, art historian.
(d) An emerging artist in New York City in 1990.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author assert about vision?

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

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

4. Where is the figure in "Bathsheba" sitting?

5. According to the authors, how is the focus of a man's power different than a female's?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Berger's explanation for the difference between naked and nude?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe how Berger et al. interpret the image of a nude women gazing in a mirror.

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