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. What generalization could be made about the combination of images on pages 40 and 41?

2. What is Berger's conclusion about the image of a nude woman looking in a mirror?

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

4. Which statement is NOT true about viewing an image made in the past?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is similar in all of the images in Chapter 2 on pages 36 and 37?

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

4. Describe how Magritte's painting "The Key of Dreams" is a commentary on the gap between words and image.

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

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

7. According to Berger et al., how can the story of Adam and Eve explain the shamefulness associated with being naked?

8. What do you think is the overall mood of the collection of images in Chapter 2 on pages 38 and 39?

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

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 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

Explain how there is a gap between words and sight as described by Berger et al. Use Magritte's painting "The Key of Dreams" as an example in your writing.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the psychology of publicity images and modern consumerism according to Berger et al. and compare that to the authors' explanation of the spectator-owner versus the spectator-buyer psychology associated with European oil paintings.

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