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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) Slices of ham.
(b) A Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
(c) A bottle of wine.
(d) Elephants in a circus.

2. What do Berger et al. say about the portrayal of naked women in early European oil paintings?
(a) That paintings of nudes are shameful in any culture.
(b) That they should not turn a naked body into an object for display.
(c) That they need to balance the number of male and female nudes in a painting.
(d) That paintings of nudes should not be reproduced.

3. What is unique about the Cubist images in Chapter 2 on pages 38 and 39?
(a) They consist of a variety of wild animals.
(b) It seems that the figures in the images are male.
(c) The images include an enormous amount of detail.
(d) It takes some imagination to see a nude female figure.

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

5. What could be stated as the theme of pages 40 and 41?
(a) The enhanced wealth and power of political figures.
(b) The warmth and comfort associated with everyday events and occurrences.
(c) The heightened sensual and provocative essence of a woman.
(d) The loss of meaning in a world of black and white photography.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Berger et al., how must a woman observe herself in order to see herself in the eyes of a man?

3. 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)?

4. What invention eventually disproves the idea of center, and single eye?

5. In Chapter 2, what is the same between pages 40 to 41 and pages 42 to 43?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the metaphor of the lighthouse and the single eye of perspective.

9. 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?

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

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