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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

Berger et al. propose the metaphor that traditional European oil painting is a wall safe into which the ways of seeing are deposited. Write an essay with the following parts.

Part 1 - Explain this metaphor made by Berger et al.

Part 2 - Compare the metaphor of Berger et al. to the classic metaphor that oil painting is a window unto the world.

Part 3 - Explain your opinion: Do you agree with the metaphor of Berger et al.? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the two example self-portraits of Rembrandt and explain how they are used by the authors to demonstrate the struggle and journey of early European oil painters.

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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