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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. How does a woman see herself, according to Berger et al.?
(a) She sees herself as a sight.
(b) She sees herself as a composite of image and emotion.
(c) She sees herself as a man illusion.
(d) She sees herself as a physical reflection in a mirror.

2. What words would best describe Chapter 2 as a whole?
(a) Art, culture, society.
(b) Politics, education, government.
(c) Men, money, power.
(d) Women, nudes, consumerism.

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

4. According to Berger et al., how must a woman observe herself in order to see herself in the eyes of a man?
(a) She must see herself in a mirror.
(b) She must appreciate her use to a man.
(c) She must give herself time to reflect on images which appeal to men.
(d) She must look at herself as though she is an object.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To what area is the single eye of perspective unique?

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

3. What word would best describe the images on pages 40 and 41?

4. In Chapter 2, what is the most stark contrast between the images on the first set of facing pages (36 and 37) and the images on the second set of facing pages (38 and 39)?

5. Who is one of the first artists to break the tradition of objectifying women nudes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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