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

2. Magritte's painting is an example of what type of artwork?

3. What image is obviously coupled with Ruben's painting on pages 42 and 43?

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

5. Who is meant to benefit from the focus of a nude painting?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how there is a gap between words and sight, as explained in Chapter 1.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the combination of images present in Chapter 2 on pages 40 and 41.

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

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 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 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

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.

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