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. When was oil painting first developed?

2. Which words best describe the mood of the paintings on pages 66 and 67?

3. What is the most true about Chapter 4?

4. How do Berger et al. describe Rembrandt's first self-portrait?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is demonstrated about the visual arts in comparing the photograph of "Sarah Burge, 1883. Dr Barnardo's Homes", and the oil painting "Peasant Boy Leaning on Sill"?

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

3. 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.

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

5. 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.

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

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

8. Describe the painting "Europe supported by Africa and America" by William Blake, and propose the message the artist is sending through the work.

9. Chapter 5 begins with an oil painting showing several items contemporaneous with the Dutch school in 1665. Describe the painting and the objects it depicts.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Family and other social groupings of ordinary daily life are depicted in the six reproductions on facing pages 120 to123. Write an essay to: 1. describe the significance of the paintings, 2. specifically explain their meaning and value to the viewer, and 3. explain their significance and value to the owner.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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