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. Which painting is an example of how oil paintings make objects desirable to touch?

2. What are most traditional oil paintings commissioned to demonstrate to the viewer?

3. What is significant about the images presented on pages 120 and 121?

4. What is similar about the two paintings by Courbet on pages 124 and 125?

5. All of the following are included in the images featured on pages 70 to 71, except for which ones?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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"?

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

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

5. Explain how the pairs of paintings and photographs in Chapter 6 on pages 126 and 127 complement each other.

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

7. 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?

8. In Chapter 6, compare the visual characteristics of the images "Sarah Burge, 1883. Dr Barnardo's Homes", and the oil painting by Bartolome Murillo titled "Peasant Boy Leaning on Sill".

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare the qualities of European oil paintings with publicity images. Cover the following questions in your writing. What do both European oil paintings and publicity images depict? How are these subjects depicted in a way that is similar? How do both of these types of images make their subjects appear attainable and desirable?

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