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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 of the following is an example of how creating a reproduction can change the meaning of a painting?

2. What does the word 'image' mean in this book?

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

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

5. What has happened to the meaning of the images on pages 40 and 41?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how the portrayal of women by European oil painters is a contradiction to their own work theory, as explained by the authors.

3. Describe the general mood of the collection of images on pages 42 and 43.

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

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

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

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

8. What happens to the meaning of a painting when many reproductions are made?

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

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

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

What is the meaning and significance of the portraits in the Knoll Ball Room? How does the location of these paintings influence their meaning? What do the portraits convey to the viewer about the subjects?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay to explain and compare how both traditional oil painting and modern publicity images stimulate consumerism and shape cultural ideals. Complete the following parts to the essay.

Part 1 - Describe how traditional oil painting is the basis for modern consumer culture.

Part 2 - Explain how publicity images carry the same ingredients for consumerism as European oil paintings.

Part 3 - Compare how color photographs are more effective publicity images than black and white photographs, and how this is similar to the techniques of European oil painting.

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