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Cultural Literacy Test - Art and Architecture I

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1. What is the monument?
Hadrian's Wall
the Great Wall of China
the Iron Curtain
the Berlin Wall
2. Who was Christopher Wren?
an English painter in the nineteenth century
a sixteenth-century Dutch landscape artist
an English architect of the seventeenth century
an eighteenth-century Belgian sculptor
3. This is a sculpture of
David by Michelangelo
King Solomon by Bernini
Moses by Michelangelo
John the Baptist by Rodin
4. Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian are styles of
still lifes
church naves
stained glass
5. This picture shows three
Grecian columns
Mayan temple towers
Indian totem poles
Persian ornamental staffs
6. For what is Edgar Degas best known?
his landscapes of the French countryside
his paintings of dancers
his abstract sculptures
his graceful Gothic cathedrals
7. What is this edifice?
the Roman forum
the Greek Parthenon
the temple at Delphi
the Colosseum in Rome
8. For what are these artists known: Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, Ansel Adams?
their photography
their portraits
their sculptures
their landscapes
9. What is this statue called?
Winged Victory
Venus de Milo
The Rape of the Sabine Women
10. A pieta is a depiction of
Chirst on the cross
the dead Christ held by Mary
an angel announcing the birth of Christ to Mary
the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist
11. This is the church called
St. Peter's
St. Paul's
Westminster Abbey
Ste. Chapelle
12. How is a fresco made?
by carving from marble or stone
by fusing colored glass to a metal ground
by firing colored glass rods together and cutting them in sections
by painting on wet plaster and allowing it to dry
13. This is a typical example of art from
ancient Egypt
sixteenth-century Holland
Renaissance Italy
ancient Greece
14. For what stylistic trait is Rembrandt best known?
the use of pointillism in painting
the subtle use of light and shadow in painting
the development of the baroque in architecture
the development of photorealism in painting
15. This picture shows
a piece of cloisonne enamel
an illuminated manuscript
a mosaic
a tryptich
16. The great museum of Paris is called
the Metropolitan Museum of Art
the National Gallery
the Uffizi
the Louvre
17. What is this picture called?
Portrait of Diane de Poitiers
The Jewish Bride
Arrangement in Black arid Gray: The Artist's Mother
The Seated Woman
18. Pieter Breughel the Elder is best known for his
portraits of kings and queens
sculptures of children at play
paintings showing seasonal scenes of peasant life
frescoes of the life of St. Francis of Assisi
19. This picture depicts
an Oriental pagoda
a Hindu temple
a Romanesque church
a Moslem mosque
20. What are some of the identifying features of a Gothic cathedral?
rounded arches, small windows, flying buttresses
domed roof, colonnades, elaborate tympanum
thin walls, pointed arches, large windows
simple lines, heavy vaults, mosaic roof
21. This painting is found in
St. Paul's in London
the Louvre in Paris
Notre Dame in Paris
the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican
22. Jacob van Ruisdael, John Constable, and William Turner are best known for their
book illustrations
still lifes
23. This painting is an example of
cubism by Pablo Picasso
pop art by Andy Warhol
fauvism by Henri Matisse
dadaism by Marcel Duchamp
24. The Great Sphinx is
a Greek god to whom a huge temple was built
a Roman emperor of whom a giant statue was built
an Egyptian statue that stands near the Pyramids
the name of the largest Egyptian pyramid
25. The painting above depicts
a pieta
an adoration
an annunciation
a crucifixion
Excellent. You are on your way to true cultural literacy.
Good. You have more than a passing knowledge of this subject.
Fair. You have a competent grasp of many aspects of this subject.
Poor. You could use some improvement in this area.
Below 60%
Time for literacy training.
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