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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 invention eventually disproves the idea of center, and single eye?

2. In Chapter 2, what are the authors trying to demonstrate with the images on pages 40 and 41?

3. What is the difference between nude and naked as stated by the authors?

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

5. In Chapter 2, pages 36 and 37, how are the women in the images viewed by men in the same images?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Berger et al., how is European oil painting similar to modern publicity images?

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

9. In Chapter 6, compare the visual characteristics of the images "Sarah Burge, 1883. Dr Barnardo's Homes", and the oil painting by Bartolome Murillo titled "Peasant Boy Leaning on Sill".

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the development of the singular eye of perspective with the following three-part essay.

Part 1 - Explain Berger et al.'s metaphor of the lighthouse beacon.

Part 2 - Describe how the singular eye of perspective shapes the way viewers can see a sight.

Part 3 - Explain how the invention of the camera changed the singular eye of perspective, and describe its consequences on the art world.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay to define and describe the term "publicity image." Complete the following three parts in your essay.

Part 1 - Describe the authors' definition of publicity images and their use in society.

Part 2 - Explain how and why the term "visual message" is used interchangeably with "publicity image."

Part 3 - Define and describe "publicity image" in your own words.

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