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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 is a two-dimensional oil painting different from other forms of art?
(a) It conveys the illusions of texture, luster, tangibility, and solidity.
(b) It conveys the misplacement of women in society.
(c) It conveys the social position of the owner.
(d) It conveys the sights of the common person.

2. What is extraordinary about painting subjects such as children?
(a) Children are not a symbol of wealth or well-being, and so are rarely commissioned.
(b) Patrons do not typically comission paintings of children.
(c) The artist must capture their likeness with little time viewing the subject.
(d) Artists must entertain the subject while completing the painting.

3. What is the visual irony between the images on pages 68 and 69, and the images on pages 70 and 71?
(a) The tragedy of love and death.
(b) The connection between naked and nude.
(c) The similarity between the religious and the political.
(d) The play between death and life sustaining sustenance.

4. What is the subject of Rembrandt's first self-portrait?
(a) Himself as a court jester.
(b) Himself and a black bird.
(c) Himself and his first wife, Saskia.
(d) Himself and his faithful dog.

5. Which painting is an example of how oil paintings make objects desirable to touch?
(a) Van Gogh's "Cornfield with Birds Flying Out of It."
(b) Holbein's "The Ambassadors."
(c) Picasso's self-portrait.
(d) Rembrandt's self-portriat with Saskia.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which statement could easily be an interpretation of Van Gogh's "a cornfield with birds flying out of it"?

2. Which word best describes the series of portraits displayed in the Knoll Ball Room?

3. What is the approximate historical range of the images on pages 66 and 67?

4. In Chapter 6, what images are on pages 120 and 121?

5. What is evident when comparing the two images "Sarah Burge, 1883. Dr Barnardo's Homes" and " Peasant Boy Leaning on Sill"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Ford Madox Brown's nineteenth century painting titled "The Pretty Baa Lambs" slightly humorous against the other images on pages 66 and 67?

2. Explain how Rembrandt's two self-portraits, the first at age twenty-eight and the second at age fifty-eight, evolve to include content that is not conventionally found in traditional oil paintings of his time.

3. Chapter 5 begins with an oil painting showing several items contemporaneous with the Dutch school in 1665. Describe the painting and the objects it depicts.

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

5. In Chapter 4, explain what interconnections can be made between the images of death on pages 68 and 69, and the images of food, wine, and the hunt on pages 70 and 71.

6. Describe the painting "Europe supported by Africa and America" by William Blake, and propose the message the artist is sending through the work.

7. Describe Couture's eighteenth century painting "A Roman Feast", and explain how it plays into the other images on the facing page.

8. Describe the images of death in Chapter 4 on pages 68 and 69, and name some of the specific paintings.

9. Describe how Holbein's work "The Ambassadors" is typical of traditional oil paintings and the manner of presenting the subjects, as explained by the authors.

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

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