Ways of Seeing Test | Final 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. What is extraordinary about painting subjects such as children?

2. What is different about an art collector compared to a collector of other objects?

3. Which work is by Courbet, as shown in Chapter 6 on pages 124 and 125?

4. Which subject is accorded with the highest prestige?

5. Which word best describes the position of artists as traditional oil painting develops?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is in the Knoll Ball Room? Describe what it looks like.

2. Describe how Holbein's work "The Ambassadors" is typical of traditional oil paintings and the manner of presenting the subjects, as explained by the authors.

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

4. According to the authors, how is a collector of art different than a collector of other things?

5. Describe how the wealthy influence the ways of seeing through oil paintings, as explained by Berger et al.

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

7. According to Berger et al., how do traditional oil paintings perpetuate the wealth and power of the ruling class?

8. 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?

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

10. In Chapter 4, explain what interconnections can be made between the images of death on pages 68 and 69, and the images of food, wine, and the hunt on pages 70 and 71.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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