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Fine Arts Survey Test - Quiz

Please answer the following multiple choice questions on the information covered during class. The unit topics are
Classicism, Romanticism, and Abstraction.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The Elements of Design are

    • A.

      Line, emphasis, texture, unity, contrast, mass

    • B.

      Emphasis, contrast, direction, unity, repetition, scale and proportion

    • C.

      Line, shape, mass, space, value, color, texture

    • D.

      Line, value, shape, form, color, texture and unity

    Correct Answer
    C. Line, shape, mass, space, value, color, texture
    Explanation
    The correct answer is line, shape, mass, space, value, color, texture. These elements of design are fundamental concepts used to create visual compositions. Line refers to the path created by a moving point, shape refers to the enclosed area created by lines, mass refers to the physical or visual weight of an object, space refers to the area around and within objects, value refers to the lightness or darkness of colors, color refers to the visual perception of different wavelengths of light, and texture refers to the visual or tactile quality of a surface.

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  • 2. 

    The Elements of Design are the building blocks for creating a picture. The Principles of Design help you determine how these elements should be place. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The explanation for the correct answer is that the Elements of Design, such as line, shape, color, texture, etc., are the basic components used to create a visual composition. They are like the ingredients in a recipe. On the other hand, the Principles of Design, including balance, unity, contrast, rhythm, etc., guide the arrangement and organization of these elements within the composition. They are like the instructions or guidelines for how to use the ingredients effectively. Therefore, it is true that the Elements of Design are the building blocks, and the Principles of Design help determine their placement.

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  • 3. 

    The following are examples of some of the Principles of Design 

    • A.

      Color and value

    • B.

      Contrast and emphasis

    • C.

      Texture and mass

    • D.

      Media and style

    Correct Answer
    B. Contrast and emphasis
    Explanation
    Contrast and emphasis are principles of design that involve creating visual interest and focal points in a composition. Contrast refers to the juxtaposition of different elements, such as light and dark colors or large and small shapes, to create visual tension and excitement. Emphasis, on the other hand, involves highlighting certain elements or areas to draw the viewer's attention and create a focal point. By utilizing contrast and emphasis effectively, designers can create visually compelling and engaging compositions.

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  • 4. 

    What architectural elements do you associate with the classical style?

    • A.

      Pediments on temples

    • B.

      Doric, ionic capitals and columns

    • C.

      Barrel vault

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The classical style of architecture is characterized by several specific elements. Pediments on temples are one of these elements, which are triangular structures that are often found above the entrance of a temple. Doric and Ionic capitals and columns are also associated with the classical style, as they are commonly used in the design of classical buildings. Additionally, the barrel vault, which is a semi-cylindrical vault, is another architectural element that is often seen in classical architecture. Therefore, the correct answer is "all of the above" as all of these elements are associated with the classical style.

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  • 5. 

    Who created concrete and perfected the use of the arch in building?

    • A.

      The Ancient Mesopotamians

    • B.

      The Ancient Greeks

    • C.

      The Ancient Romans

    • D.

      The Ancient Greeks and Romans

    Correct Answer
    C. The Ancient Romans
    Explanation
    The Ancient Romans created concrete and perfected the use of the arch in building. They developed a unique type of concrete that allowed them to construct massive structures such as the Colosseum and the aqueducts. The arch, a key architectural feature, was extensively used by the Romans in their buildings. They realized that the arch's curved shape could distribute weight more effectively, allowing them to build larger and more durable structures. The combination of concrete and arches became a defining characteristic of Roman architecture and greatly influenced future architectural styles.

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  • 6. 

    The art of ancient Greece and Rome was based on a clear rational, and regular structure; emphasizing horizontal and vertical directions, and organizing its parts with an emphasis on balance and proportion. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The art of ancient Greece and Rome was indeed based on a clear rational and regular structure. It emphasized horizontal and vertical directions, and organized its parts with an emphasis on balance and proportion. This can be seen in the architecture, sculpture, and paintings of that time period. The Greeks and Romans believed in the importance of harmony and order in art, and this is reflected in their artistic style. Therefore, the statement "True" is the correct answer.

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  • 7. 

    What other period embraces the classical qualities of Ancient Greek and Roman artwork?

    • A.

      The Renaissance

    • B.

      The Middle Ages

    • C.

      Modernism

    • D.

      Romanticism

    Correct Answer
    A. The Renaissance
    Explanation
    The Renaissance is the correct answer because during this period, there was a revival of interest in the classical art and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome. Artists and scholars during the Renaissance looked to the classical period as a source of inspiration and sought to emulate its ideals of beauty, balance, and harmony in their own works. The Renaissance period is known for its focus on humanism and the rediscovery of classical knowledge, making it a time when the classical qualities of Ancient Greek and Roman artwork were embraced and celebrated.

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  • 8. 

    Romanticism was

    • A.

      A countermovement to Neoclassicism

    • B.

      Characterized by intense emotional excitement

    • C.

      Characterized by powerful forces in nature, the exotic and the suffering human condition.

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Romanticism was a countermovement to Neoclassicism, as it rejected the rationality and order of Neoclassical art and instead embraced intense emotional excitement. It was also characterized by the portrayal of powerful forces in nature, such as storms and landscapes, as well as the exploration of exotic themes and the depiction of the suffering human condition. Therefore, all of the given options accurately describe the characteristics of Romanticism.

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  • 9. 

    One of the key artists of the 18th- 19th c. Romantic period were

    • A.

      Pablo Picasso

    • B.

      Francesco Goya

    • C.

      Jackson Pollock

    • D.

      Keith Haring

    Correct Answer
    B. Francesco Goya
    Explanation
    Francesco Goya is the correct answer because he was indeed one of the key artists of the 18th-19th century Romantic period. Goya was a Spanish painter and printmaker who is known for his works that depicted political and social commentary, as well as his exploration of the darker aspects of human nature. His paintings and etchings often showcased themes of war, violence, and the supernatural, making him a significant figure in the Romantic movement.

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  • 10. 

    J.M.W Turner's work, "Rain, Steam, and Speed: The Western Railway", sought to

    • A.

      Capture the feeling of modern technology.

    • B.

      Capture the expression of paint

    • C.

      Confront his fear of modern technology

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Capture the feeling of modern technology.
    Explanation
    J.M.W Turner's work, "Rain, Steam, and Speed: The Western Railway", sought to capture the feeling of modern technology. This can be inferred from the title itself, which mentions the elements of rain, steam, and speed, all of which are associated with the advancements in technology during Turner's time. Additionally, the painting depicts a steam train moving at high speed, showcasing the power and progress of modern technology. Therefore, it can be concluded that the purpose of Turner's work was to capture the feeling and essence of modern technology.

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  • 11. 

    The Impressionist were concerned with the following,

    • A.

      The careful rendering of objects

    • B.

      The effects of light and time on nature

    • C.

      Photorealism

    • D.

      Cubism

    Correct Answer
    B. The effects of light and time on nature
    Explanation
    The Impressionists were known for their focus on capturing the effects of light and time on nature. They were interested in portraying the changing qualities of light, such as how it affected the colors and textures of objects, and how it transformed landscapes throughout the day. This emphasis on capturing the fleeting and transient aspects of nature set them apart from other art movements like photorealism and cubism, which had different objectives and approaches to representation.

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  • 12. 

    Romanticism was a style of spontaneity, intuition and emotion rather than carefully organized rational approaches to form. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Romanticism was a cultural movement that emerged in the late 18th century and emphasized individualism, imagination, and emotions. It rejected the rational and structured approaches of the Enlightenment era and instead celebrated spontaneity, intuition, and emotion in artistic expression. Romanticism sought to evoke strong emotional responses from the audience and focused on the subjective experience of the individual. Therefore, the statement that Romanticism was a style of spontaneity, intuition, and emotion rather than carefully organized rational approaches to form is true.

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  • 13. 

    Eugene Delacroix's painting, "Liberty Leading the People" was a social commentary on slavery.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because Eugene Delacroix's painting, "Liberty Leading the People," is not a social commentary on slavery. Instead, it is a representation of the July Revolution of 1830 in France, depicting the allegorical figure of Liberty leading the people during the uprising. The painting symbolizes the fight for freedom and democracy, rather than specifically addressing the issue of slavery.

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  • 14. 

    Which artist does not paint in the abstract style

    • A.

      Michelangelo

    • B.

      Kandinsky

    • C.

      Picasso

    • D.

      Van Gogh

    Correct Answer
    A. Michelangelo
    Explanation
    Michelangelo does not paint in the abstract style because he is known for his realistic and figurative artworks. He is famous for his sculptures and frescoes, such as the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which depict human figures and religious scenes with great detail and precision. Unlike abstract artists who focus on expressing emotions and ideas through non-representational forms, Michelangelo's works are characterized by their lifelike portrayal of the human body and narrative storytelling.

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  • 15. 

    The following were influences on abstraction,

    • A.

      Science

    • B.

      Technology

    • C.

      War and revolution

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "all of the above" because abstraction in art was influenced by various factors such as science, technology, war, and revolution. Science and technology advancements during the early 20th century led to new ways of thinking and perceiving the world, which artists incorporated into their abstract works. Additionally, the chaos and social changes brought by war and revolution also influenced artists to break away from traditional forms and explore abstraction as a means of expressing their experiences and emotions. Therefore, all of these factors played a role in shaping the development of abstraction in art.

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  • 16. 

    Kandinsky sought a visual form of expression in photography

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Kandinsky, a renowned artist, did not seek a visual form of expression in photography. Instead, he was primarily known for his abstract paintings and his theories on art and spirituality. Photography was not a medium that he extensively explored or used for his artistic expression. Therefore, the given statement is false.

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  • 17. 

    What are the two main streams of abstraction

    • A.

      Horizontal and vertical

    • B.

      Geometric and organic

    • C.

      Overt and covert

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Geometric and organic
    Explanation
    The correct answer is geometric and organic. These two streams of abstraction refer to different approaches in representing and interpreting reality. Geometric abstraction focuses on simplified and geometric forms, often using straight lines and simple shapes. Organic abstraction, on the other hand, is characterized by more fluid and curvilinear forms, resembling natural or organic shapes. Both streams offer different perspectives and artistic styles within the realm of abstraction.

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  • 18. 

    Abstraction is 

    • A.

      The depiction of recognizable space

    • B.

      Representational art

    • C.

      Non-representational art

    • D.

      Realism

    Correct Answer
    C. Non-representational art
    Explanation
    Abstraction refers to the creation of art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of visual reality. Non-representational art, also known as abstract art, focuses on elements such as color, form, and line, rather than representing recognizable objects or figures. This type of art often emphasizes the artist's emotional or expressive interpretation of the subject matter, allowing for a more subjective and open-ended experience for the viewer.

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  • 19. 

    Vincent van Gogh was a romantic painter who killed himself?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Vincent van Gogh was indeed a painter, but he did not kill himself. He struggled with mental health issues throughout his life and did have moments of despair, but ultimately, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, which is believed to have been accidental. His death remains a subject of debate and speculation among art historians and experts.

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  • 20. 

    What art movement marked the beginning interest in abstraction?

    • A.

      The Surrealists

    • B.

      The Cubist

    • C.

      The Impressionists

    • D.

      The Post-Impressionists

    Correct Answer
    C. The Impressionists
    Explanation
    The Impressionists marked the beginning interest in abstraction in art. They were known for their focus on capturing the fleeting effects of light and color, rather than depicting realistic details. Their emphasis on capturing the essence of a scene through loose brushstrokes and unconventional compositions paved the way for later art movements that explored abstraction even further.

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  • 21. 

    Painting en-plein air (in the open air) is a French term associated with Impressionism

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Painting en-plein air refers to the practice of painting outdoors, directly from nature. This technique was popularized by the Impressionist movement in France during the late 19th century. Impressionist artists sought to capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere, and painting en-plein air allowed them to observe and depict these elements more accurately. Therefore, it is correct to associate the term "painting en-plein air" with Impressionism.

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  • 22. 

    Keith Haring creates artwork

    • A.

      That is called street art

    • B.

      That has political and social messages

    • C.

      That is stylized

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Keith Haring creates artwork that is called street art, which refers to art created in public spaces. His work often contains political and social messages, addressing important issues and raising awareness. Additionally, Haring's style is highly stylized, characterized by bold lines, vibrant colors, and simplified figures. Therefore, the correct answer is "all of the above."

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  • 23. 

    What do you think the role of visual art is in your life? Explain.

  • 24. 

    What distinguished the Greeks from other peoples in Europe? Their attitude towards being human.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that the Greeks had a unique perspective on what it means to be human compared to other European cultures. This implies that their values, beliefs, and behaviors regarding human nature and existence set them apart. The answer "True" confirms that the Greeks indeed had a distinct attitude towards being human that distinguished them from other peoples in Europe.

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  • 25. 

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude are artist who,

    • A.

      Use fabric to build houses

    • B.

      Use fabric to create temporary artworks

    • C.

      Use art to exploit the environment

    • D.

      Use paint to create splatter paintings

    Correct Answer
    B. Use fabric to create temporary artworks
    Explanation
    Christo and Jeanne-Claude are artists who use fabric to create temporary artworks. They are known for their large-scale installations that involve wrapping buildings, monuments, and landscapes with fabric. These temporary artworks are often site-specific and aim to transform the perception of the surrounding environment. Their projects, such as "The Gates" in Central Park, New York, and "Wrapped Reichstag" in Berlin, have gained international recognition for their innovative use of fabric as a medium for artistic expression.

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