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Cultural Literacy Test - Art and Architecture II

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1. For what are these men known: Federico Fellini, Bergman, John Huston?
developing the movement called pop art
directing classic films
experimenting with still photography
perfecting the art of portraiture
2. The painting above is a typical
trompe 1'oeil
still life
3. The art of inlaying colored tile and gold in mosaics typifies
Byzantine art of the sixth century
Egyptian art around 4000 B.C.
Flemish art of the 1400s
Nigerian art of the ninth century
4. What is this building?
the Pitti Palace, built in the fifteenth century In Florence
Notre Dame, built in the twelfth-fourteenth centu­ries In Paris
the Pantheon, built in the first century B.C. in Rome
Hampton Court Palace, built in the sixteenth century near London
5. Which artist helped initiate the era of abstract expres­sionism?
Paul Gauguin
Jackson Pollock
Georgia O'Keeffe
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
6. This photograph shows
the Brooklyn Bridge
London Bridge
the Golden Gate Bridge
the Bridge of Sighs
7. Frank Lloyd Wright is famous for
stressing horizontal lines and "organic" architecture
designing tall columns of steel and glass
introducing energy efficiency to housing
merging Gothic and Romanesque features with mod­ern materials
8. This example of Islamic architecture is known as
the Alhambra
Santa Sophia
the Qutab Minar
the Taj Mahal
9. Like the Egyptian pyramids, the Mayan pyramids
house crypts
are made of stone or mud blocks
contain carvings and paintings
all of the above
10. Name the painter and subject of this portrait.
Vincent van Gogh; George Sand
Pablo Picasso; Gertrude Stein
Andrew Wyeth; Helga
Pierre Renoir; Madame Charpentier
11. The style called rococo was known for its
grand scale and dramatic flair
intricate and delicate decoration
emphasis on line and symmetry
use of themes from Norse and Roman mythology
12. What is this statue?
The Steeping Muse by Brancusi
Adam by Lombardo
Recumbent Figure by Moore
The Thinker by Rodin
13. The Parthenon is
a Doric temple dedicated to Athena in Athens
a temple for worship of all gods in Rome
a bridge connecting the Left Bank to Ile de la Cite in Paris
a museum housing European masterpieces in Len­ingrad
14. Who painted this work?
Leonardo da Vinci
15. The term bas-relief refers to
a style of painting
a weaving technique
a kind of sculpture
a ceramic glaze
16. What is the significance of this group of stones?
They were brought to England from Africa by Cae­sar's army.
The structure was built by hand by Egyptian slaves.
They may be the ruins of an arena designed by Alexander.
Their arrangement indicates a possible astronomical function.
17. Artists painting in the traditional Japanese style are likely to use
tempera on rice paper
ink on paper or silk
watercolor on canvas
acrylics on oiled paper
18. This mask is typical of the traditional art of
West Africa
the Seminole Indians
19. Which of these painters are known for their portraits?
Reynolds, Stuart, Gainsborough
Turner, Constable, Delacroix
Monet, Renoir, Pissarro
Diirer, Bosch, Correggio
20. Name the painter and the subject of this portrait.
James Whistler; John Ruskin
Vincent van Gogh; Vincent van Gogh
Dante Gabriel Rossetti; Raphael
Mary Cassatt; Paul Cezanne
21. Which of these artists are known for their sculpture?
Smith, Giacometti, Duchamp
Dubuffet, Johns, Klee
Magritte, Dali, Chagall
Rivera, Klimt, Hopper
22. Who painted this work?
Grandma Moses
Jose Orozco
Dorothea Lange
Grant Wood
23. What is an aqueduct?
a technique of etching that produces a wash effect
a conduit built to carry water
a deep well drilled into water-bearing rock
an ornate shrub often pictured in Greek and Roman art
24. This painting is representative of
the Ashcan school
the Hudson River school
German expressionism
25. What is this building?
Mount Vernon
the Capitol
the White House
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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