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

2. What is surprising to see mixed in with the images on pages 40 and 41?
(a) Elephants in a circus.
(b) A bottle of wine.
(c) A Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
(d) Slices of ham.

3. Which is an example of a nude painting discussed by Berger et al.?
(a) An oil painting by Giacometti.
(b) An oil painting by Tintoretto of a woman taking a bath.
(c) A self-portrait by Kenneth Clark.
(d) A portrait of a woman in the park by Manet.

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

5. Which phrase describes Magritte's painting "The Key of Dreams"?
(a) A kitchen sink.
(b) A four-pane window.
(c) A forest of trees.
(d) A clock tower.

Short Answer Questions

1. What words would best describe Chapter 2 as a whole?

2. Which unique content is present in Chapter 2, on pages 40 and 41?

3. Why can every viewer see a painting in a different way?

4. What number is posted symbolically on pages 36 and 37 of Chapter 2?

5. Which statement summarizes how images are subjective?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the difference in the artist portrayal of a portrait versus a self-portrait.

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

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

4. How is a work of art from the past mystifying to the modern viewer?

5. How does Courbet's two paintings, reproduced in Chapter 6 on facing pages 124 and 125, titled "Girl in White Stockings" and "Demoiselles au bord de la Seine" illustrate two distinct styles of his work?

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

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

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

9. Describe the consequences of a society that generates feelings and assurances of the right to pursue happiness, but without its guarantee, as explained by Berger et al.

10. What is the significance of the images on pages 120 and 121 that depict family and other social groupings of common, ordinary daily life?

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