Art Terms Test: Would You Pass?

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What term is used to describe a figurative drawing or picture representing a word, sound or idea?

    • A.

      Thumbnail

    • B.

      Sketch

    • C.

      Scribble

    • D.

      Pictograph

    Correct Answer
    D. Pictograph
    Explanation
    A pictograph is a term used to describe a figurative drawing or picture that represents a word, sound, or idea. Pictographs are commonly used in various forms of communication, such as hieroglyphics or emoji, to convey meaning visually. Unlike thumbnails, which are small and usually used as a reference for larger images, or sketches and scribbles, which are more informal and rough, pictographs are specifically created to symbolize specific concepts or words.

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  • 2. 

    What is the French phrase meaning "in the open air" used to describe paintings executed outdoors?

    • A.

      Excusez-Moi

    • B.

      C'est Bien

    • C.

      S'il Vous Plait

    • D.

      En Plein Air

    Correct Answer
    D. En Plein Air
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "En Plein Air." This French phrase is used to describe paintings that are executed outdoors. It refers to the practice of painting in natural light and in the presence of the subject being painted. This technique became popular in the mid-19th century with the advent of portable easels and paint tubes, allowing artists to venture out of their studios and capture the changing light and atmosphere of the outdoor environment. "En Plein Air" is widely associated with the Impressionist movement and is still used today to describe paintings created in this manner.

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  • 3. 

    Which word means "of a very limited number"?

    • A.

      Indivisible

    • B.

      Ubiquitous

    • C.

      Masterpiece

    • D.

      Rare

    Correct Answer
    D. Rare
    Explanation
    Rare means "of a very limited number" because it refers to something that is uncommon, scarce, or not easily found. It suggests that the item or concept being described is not widely available or present.

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  • 4. 

    What is a flat and two-dimensional diagram made with one line defining the perimeter of the form?

    • A.

      Shading

    • B.

      Filling

    • C.

      Sketching

    • D.

      Outline

    Correct Answer
    D. Outline
    Explanation
    An outline is a flat and two-dimensional diagram made with one line defining the perimeter of the form. It is a simplified representation that shows the basic shape and structure of an object or form. Outlines are commonly used in various fields such as art, design, and architecture to provide a clear and concise depiction of an object without the need for shading, filling, or sketching.

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  • 5. 

    In art, what is a person whose teachings or doctrines are accepted by followers called?

    • A.

      Chief

    • B.

      Master

    • C.

      Teacher

    • D.

      Sir

    Correct Answer
    B. Master
    Explanation
    A person whose teachings or doctrines are accepted by followers is called a master. In the context of art, a master is someone who has achieved a high level of skill and expertise in their craft, and their teachings and doctrines are highly respected and followed by others in the artistic community.

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  • 6. 

    What is the repairing of damage to artworks bringing them back to their original condition called?

    • A.

      Retouching

    • B.

      Rebuilding

    • C.

      Art Restoration

    • D.

      Repairing

    Correct Answer
    C. Art Restoration
    Explanation
    Art restoration refers to the process of repairing damage to artworks and bringing them back to their original condition. This involves various techniques such as cleaning, repairing, and retouching the artwork to restore its aesthetic and historical value. Art restoration requires expertise and careful analysis of the artwork to ensure that the restoration process does not harm or alter the original piece.

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  • 7. 

    What is the French term often used to mean a work of art which is small in size?

    • A.

      Objet D'Art

    • B.

      Art Deco

    • C.

      Papier Mache

    • D.

      Art Nouveau

    Correct Answer
    A. Objet D'Art
    Explanation
    The French term "Objet D'Art" is often used to refer to a work of art that is small in size. This term is commonly used in the art world to describe decorative or ornamental objects that are considered to be artistic in nature. It is derived from the French words "objet" meaning object and "art" meaning art, indicating that it is a small artistic object. This term is commonly used in various art forms such as sculpture, painting, and ceramics to describe small, intricately crafted pieces of art.

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  • 8. 

    What is the sculpture method where a three-dimensional form is molded in a soft material like clay?

    • A.

      Incising

    • B.

      Engraving

    • C.

      Carving

    • D.

      Modeling

    Correct Answer
    D. Modeling
    Explanation
    Modeling is the correct answer because it refers to the sculpture method where a three-dimensional form is molded in a soft material like clay. This process involves shaping and manipulating the material to create the desired form, often using hands or tools. Unlike carving or engraving, which involve removing material from a solid block, modeling allows for more flexibility and the ability to add or subtract material as needed. Incising and engraving, on the other hand, involve cutting or scratching into a surface rather than molding a form.

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  • 9. 

    What is the word that means to create, put together or arrange the elements of art in a work?

    • A.

      Join

    • B.

      Compose

    • C.

      Bind

    • D.

      Add

    Correct Answer
    B. Compose
    Explanation
    The word "compose" means to create, put together, or arrange the elements of art in a work. In the context of art, composing refers to the process of organizing and arranging various elements such as lines, shapes, colors, and textures to create a balanced and visually appealing composition. It involves making deliberate choices about the placement, balance, and relationships between these elements to convey a specific message or evoke a certain emotion. Therefore, "compose" is the correct answer in this case.

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  • 10. 

    What is the movement in painting where edges of shapes are crisp, precise and not blurred called?

    • A.

      Soft-Edge

    • B.

      Realism

    • C.

      Hard-Edge

    • D.

      Impressionism

    Correct Answer
    C. Hard-Edge
    Explanation
    Hard-Edge is the movement in painting where the edges of shapes are crisp, precise, and not blurred. This style emerged in the 1960s and is characterized by clear, defined lines and flat areas of color. Artists who embrace the Hard-Edge style often use geometric shapes and bold colors to create a sense of precision and clarity in their artwork. This technique creates a sharp contrast between shapes and emphasizes the graphic quality of the painting.

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  • 11. 

    What is the condition of a surface displaying a lustrous rainbow-like brightness called?

    • A.

      Brightness

    • B.

      Glow

    • C.

      Iridescence

    • D.

      Shine

    Correct Answer
    C. Iridescence
    Explanation
    Iridescence refers to the condition of a surface displaying a lustrous rainbow-like brightness. It is characterized by the appearance of shifting colors that seem to change depending on the angle of view or the angle of incident light. This phenomenon occurs due to the interference and scattering of light waves as they interact with the surface, causing different colors to be reflected. Therefore, iridescence is the correct answer for the condition described in the question.

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  • 12. 

    What is the apparatus used to weave thread or yarn into cloth called?

    • A.

      Weaving Machine

    • B.

      Spinning Wheel

    • C.

      Loom

    • D.

      Sewing Machine

    Correct Answer
    C. Loom
    Explanation
    A loom is the apparatus used to weave thread or yarn into cloth. It consists of a frame or machine that holds the warp threads under tension while the weft threads are woven through them. Looms have been used for centuries to create various types of textiles and are still widely used today in the textile industry. The other options, such as spinning wheel and sewing machine, are not specifically used for weaving cloth.

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  • 13. 

    Which of these is a paper material which resembles a rope or cord?

    • A.

      Rush

    • B.

      Fodder

    • C.

      Gouache

    • D.

      Chiffon

    Correct Answer
    A. Rush
    Explanation
    Rush is a correct answer because it is a paper material that resembles a rope or cord. Rush is a type of plant material that can be woven or braided to create a rope-like texture. It is commonly used in crafts and basketry. Fodder, gouache, and chiffon are not paper materials and do not resemble a rope or cord.

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  • 14. 

    What is the painting technique in which importance is placed on contours or outlines called?

    • A.

      Linear

    • B.

      Circular

    • C.

      Blocked

    • D.

      Round

    Correct Answer
    A. Linear
    Explanation
    Linear is the correct answer because in this painting technique, the emphasis is placed on the contours or outlines of the subjects. The artist uses distinct and continuous lines to define the shapes and forms in the painting, creating a sense of structure and precision. This technique is often associated with realism and precision in art, as it allows for clear and defined representations of objects and figures.

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  • 15. 

    What do you call a small color sketch, usually in oil paint?

    • A.

      Pochade

    • B.

      Miniature

    • C.

      Color Sketch

    • D.

      Duplicate

    Correct Answer
    A. Pochade
    Explanation
    A small color sketch, usually in oil paint, is called a pochade.

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  • 16. 

    Which term is used by art historians to define an empty space or a missing part in a work of art?

    • A.

      Emptiness

    • B.

      Hole

    • C.

      Lacuna

    • D.

      Void

    Correct Answer
    C. Lacuna
    Explanation
    Art historians use the term "lacuna" to define an empty space or a missing part in a work of art. This term is commonly used to describe areas in a piece of artwork where there is a gap or absence of content. It helps art historians analyze and interpret the intention of the artist, as well as the overall composition and narrative of the artwork.

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  • 17. 

    What is an eraser that can be changed into any shape to remove pencil or other marks cleanly called?

    • A.

      Kneaded Eraser

    • B.

      Hard Eraser

    • C.

      Art Eraser

    • D.

      Cleaner

    Correct Answer
    A. Kneaded Eraser
    Explanation
    A kneaded eraser is a type of eraser that can be easily shaped and molded into any form. It is commonly used by artists and designers to remove pencil or other marks cleanly without damaging the paper. Unlike traditional hard erasers, a kneaded eraser does not leave behind any residue or smudges, making it ideal for precision work and detailed drawings. Its pliable nature allows it to pick up graphite or charcoal particles effectively, making it a versatile tool for erasing and correcting mistakes in artwork.

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  • 18. 

    What is the thin member that divides a window or that separates one window from another called?

    • A.

      Fence

    • B.

      Separator

    • C.

      Divider

    • D.

      Mullion

    Correct Answer
    D. Mullion
    Explanation
    A mullion is a thin member that divides a window or separates one window from another. It is typically made of wood, metal, or glass and provides structural support while also dividing the window into smaller sections. Mullions can be found in various architectural styles and are commonly used in windows to enhance aesthetics and improve functionality.

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  • 19. 

    In architecture, what is the name given to a weight-carrying member, such as a column?

    • A.

      Pillar

    • B.

      Beam

    • C.

      Rod

    • D.

      Dome

    Correct Answer
    A. Pillar
    Explanation
    A weight-carrying member in architecture is commonly referred to as a pillar. Pillars are vertical structural elements that provide support and stability to a building or structure. They are typically cylindrical or rectangular in shape and are designed to bear the load of the structure above them. Pillars are commonly found in various architectural styles and are essential in distributing the weight of the building evenly to the foundation.

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  • 20. 

    What is the name given to a consistently repeated element, usually a figure or design?

    • A.

      Repeat

    • B.

      Redundancy

    • C.

      Motif

    • D.

      Mark

    Correct Answer
    C. Motif
    Explanation
    A motif is a term used to describe a consistently repeated element, often a figure or design. It can be seen in various forms of art, literature, and music. The repetition of this element adds emphasis and helps to create a sense of unity and coherence within the work. Therefore, the correct answer is motif.

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