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 is a traditional object used in covering the figures in nude paintings?

2. Which phrase describes Magritte's painting "The Key of Dreams"?

3. What does the author use "The Key of Dreams" as an example of?

4. What is unique about the Cubist images in Chapter 2 on pages 38 and 39?

5. According to the authors, what are women culturally and socially conditioned to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What effect does the inclusion of text have on the images in pages 40 and 41?

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

3. Explain how the commission by Frans Hals could easily be misunderstood by the modern viewer.

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

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

6. Describe how men and women are different social presences, according to Berger et al.

7. Explain how Cubism contradicts the single eye of perspective.

8. Explain how an image is a record of a sight.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay to describe how works of art from the past mystify viewers in the present. Answer the following questions in your writing. Where do the viewers see themselves when they observe a work of art from the past? What depictions are easily misinterpreted from historical art works? Do you think that viewers in the present see the same sight as viewers from the past when they look at a work of art from the past? Support your reasoning.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay to describe the word "glamour" according to Berger et al. What is glamour? How does glamour fuel the consumer society? What is considered glamorous and how does this shape culture? How is glamour the modern day substitute for the qualities presented in European oil paintings?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay to compare the techniques of traditional oil painting and early photographic techniques. In your writing, cover the following questions. Which techniques are better at exposing details in the subject? Which technique gives more life to a subject? What affect does early photography have on oil painting? Give an example from the text that compares an oil painting to early photography, and describe the obvious differences that appear to the viewer.

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