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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 the difference between nude and naked as stated by the authors?
(a) Naked is to be without clothes, but nude is to be naked as an object to view.
(b) Nude is a work of art depicting a naked person.
(c) Naked is to be without clothes and nude is a naked woman.
(d) Naked means being ashamed of not wearing clothes, but nude is being confident of not wearing clothes.

2. What affect does a title have on a painting's meaning?
(a) A title is not necessary in historical paintings.
(b) Words in a title will affect the painting more than the viewer.
(c) A title can be changed to any words without affecting the viewer.
(d) Words in a title can change the interpretation of a painting.

3. What does Kenneth Clark (not the authors) say about the concepts of naked and nude?
(a) That naked is any undressed object.
(b) That nude is a term used only for naked women.
(c) That nude is a form of art and naked is simply being without clothes.
(d) That both naked and nude can be forms or art.

4. Why does the author discuss the work of Frans Hals?
(a) Because his work is a good example of how art from the past is mystifying.
(b) Because he is a co-author in the book.
(c) Because he is a leading expert in historical artwork.
(d) Because his work shows how words can be used to define artwork.

5. What image is the exception to the images featured on pages 36 and 37?
(a) The celebrity photos.
(b) The storefront mannequins.
(c) The black and white photos.
(d) The advertising slogans.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is a woman composed of two parts of one female identity, according to Berger et al.?

2. What do Berger et al. mean by the phrase "holy relic"?

3. Who is Frans Hals?

4. What is surprising to see mixed in with the images on pages 40 and 41?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the purpose of mixing images of foodstuffs with images of females in various stages of undress?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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