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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. According to Berger et al., why does ordinary life have more meaning when recorded on a canvas?

2. Why is it a significant accomplishment for an artist to paint children at play?

3. What tends to be the central figure(s) in the images presented in Chapter 4 on pages 66 and 67?

4. What primarily constitutes a landscape painting as traditional oil techniques are developed?

5. Which words best describe the setting of "Demoiselles au bord de la Seine"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Couture's eighteenth century painting "A Roman Feast", and explain how it plays into the other images on the facing page.

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

3. How are pages 72 and 73, which contain images of mythological characters and fanciful human figures, different than the previous images that are displayed in Chapter 4?

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

5. How is the meaning of the images in Chapter 6 on pages 120 and 121, that depict daily life, of any significance?

6. Explain how an oil painting depicts subjects differently than other art forms, as discussed by the authors.

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

8. Describe the images of death in Chapter 4 on pages 68 and 69, and name some of the specific paintings.

9. Describe the mood of the collection of religious iconic images presented in Chapter 4 on pages 66 and 67.

10. How is Ford Madox Brown's nineteenth century painting titled "The Pretty Baa Lambs" slightly humorous against the other images on pages 66 and 67?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Write a three-part essay to explain the ideas presented on the differences between men and women.

Part 1 - Describe the authors' opinions on the difference between how a man and woman are positioned in society, and discuss why.

Part 2 - Explain the difference between how a man views himself and how a woman must view herself.

Part 3 - Explain Berger et al.'s idea on how a woman must see herself as a sight.

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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