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

2. What primarily constitutes a landscape painting as traditional oil techniques are developed?
(a) Solid tangible space.
(b) Intangible sky and distance.
(c) Romantic man versus nature scenes.
(d) Abstract natural figures.

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. According to Berger et al., why does ordinary life have more meaning when recorded on a canvas?
(a) Because it portrays everyday life as an interesting event.
(b) Because artists appreciate these works more than works with other subjects.
(c) Because it took weeks or months to recreate the image from the artist's point of view,
(d) Because the elite upper classes are willing to pay large sums of money for a painting.

5. What is the metaphor that Berger et al. use to describe the European oil painting tradition?
(a) The metamorphasis of a butterfly.
(b) A window unto the world.
(c) The crutch of society.
(d) A wall safe unto which the ways of seeing are deposited.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is most interesting about the two works from Courbet on pages 124 and 125?

4. According to Berger et al., what does traditional oil painting effectively do?

5. Which of the following is a common theme in the images on pages 116 and 117?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is in the Knoll Ball Room? Describe what it looks like.

3. How are pages 72 and 73, which contain images of mythological characters and fanciful human figures, different than the previous images that are displayed in Chapter 4?

4. Explain how an oil painting depicts subjects differently than other art forms, as discussed by the authors.

5. 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?

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

7. Explain how the pairs of paintings and photographs in Chapter 6 on pages 126 and 127 complement each other.

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

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

10. 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.

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