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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 Rembrandt portrayed in his second self-portrait?
(a) As a woman.
(b) As a young hunter.
(c) As an old man.
(d) As a great king.

2. According to Berger et al., what does traditional oil painting effectively do?
(a) Allows for the reformation of the church.
(b) Reduces all things to a tradable material or measurable commodity.
(c) Permits artists to express portraits in a humanistic style.
(d) Promotes the lower classes of society.

3. Which statement could easily be an interpretation of Van Gogh's "a cornfield with birds flying out of it"?
(a) The obsession of fortune and fame of an artist in his day.
(b) The final release from the struggle of his soul before suicide.
(c) The ultimate battle between rich and poor.
(d) The balance between man and nature.

4. What does Nattier's "Mademoiselle de Clermonte" depict?
(a) The politics of war.
(b) The wealth and power and foreign nations.
(c) The social structure that is acceptable and expected of the time.
(d) The injustice against women.

5. What could be the theme for all of the images included on pages 68 to 71?
(a) Love will always lead to sorrow.
(b) Death is a necessary part of life.
(c) Nudity does not always equal pleasure for the viewer,
(d) Power is forever corrupt.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which painting is an example of how oil paintings make objects desirable to touch?

2. What is significant about the images presented on pages 120 and 121?

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

4. Which of the following is the title of a painting on pages 72 and 73?

5. What is extraordinary about painting subjects such as children?

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

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. In Chapter 6, explain how facing pages 116 and 117 return to Blake's theme of Africa and America supporting Europe.

5. Describe how the wealthy influence the ways of seeing through oil paintings, as explained by Berger et al.

6. What objects are common subjects for traditional oil paintings, and how are they conventionally depicted?

7. How is the meaning of the images in Chapter 6 on pages 120 and 121, that depict daily life, of any significance?

8. 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.

9. According to Berger et al., how do traditional oil paintings perpetuate the wealth and power of the ruling class?

10. 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.

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