Ways of Seeing Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does the author discuss the work of Frans Hals?

3. After reproductions are made, an original work of art is unique only in its what?

4. What affect does a title have on a painting's meaning?

5. Which statement best describes the Cubist style?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to the meaning of a painting when many reproductions are made?

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

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

5. Explain how the women in the images are viewed by the men in the images on pages 36 and 37.

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

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

8. What is the purpose of mixing images of foodstuffs with images of females in various stages of undress?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write the following three-part essay to explain how individuals have different ways of seeing.

Part 1 - Describe what the authors mean by "ways of seeing."

Part 2 - Describe why individuals all have different ways of seeing.

Part 3 - Give some examples that demonstrate how individuals have different ways of seeing.

Essay Topic 2

Describe how the reproduction of original paintings changes their meaning and value. Discuss the following questions in your writing. What happens to the value of an original work when numerous reproductions are made? What happens to the meaning of a painting if it is moved to a different location? How does the addition of titles or text affect the meaning of an art work?

Essay Topic 3

Woman nudes are a common subject in traditional European oil paintings. Write the following three-part essay to describe the portrayal of women in these paintings.

Part 1 - Describe how female nudes are positioned and situated in paintings that are tailored to the male viewer.

Part 2 - Explain some of the various ways that artists manipulate the depiction of female nudes to shape the viewer's way of seeing.

Part 3 - Contrast the assumed humanism in European oil paintings with the portrayal of women nudes in traditional European oil paintings.

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