This page is to give students an idea of what to expect and prepare for in our first major exam – the Fall Mid-Term.

The test will consist of three parts.

Part One will have 20 to 30 questions about:

  – General definitions of vocabulary words

  – General dates defining the time-periods we have studied and talked about

  – True or False questions

  – Multiple choice questions which will be taken from the lectures

Part Two will involve showing slides on the screen in front of the class.  On each slide you will have the option to:

  – answer a short essay question comparing two pictures


  – give identification information for 6 works of art

There will be a total of five slides… so you will either write five short essays, identify 30 works of art, or do some combination of the two.

Below is an example test slide (this will not appear on the test).

Sample Test Slide – Click to Enlarge

As you can see, there are two larger pictures that will be referenced in an essay question, and then 4 smaller pictures, giving you a total of 6 to identify on this slide.

An example essay question for this slide would go like this:
“Pictures #1 and #2 represent two major movements in the history of painting.  Identify the movements and explain the thinking of each artists and how they fit within their respective movement.  Use specific similarities and differences in these pictures to support your statements.”
Then, in a separate section of the exam, you will find a place asking for identification information for all 6 pictures, such as:
   – Name
   – Artist’s name
   – Name of Major Time Period, Culture, or Movement
   – Date
Part Three will requiring diagramming.  You will have a blank sheet of paper on which to diagrammatically analyze one picture (shown on the front screen).
Now for the big question…  what to study?
For Part One, download this “Vocabulary Review Sheet“.
Below is a list of artworks that could potentially be used on the test for Part Two.  These will be used as Identification questions, and may be used in short essay questions:
  – From Prehistoric:
     – Lion Lady (Germany)
     – The Crossed Bison (France)
     – Cow with Collar (France)
     – Stonehenge
     – Abu Temple Statues
     – Venus of Willendorf
  – From Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia:
     – Clay Tablets (Mesopotamia)
     – Garden of Nebamun
     – Book of the Dead
     – Akhenaten and His Family
     – various other egyptian sculptures (just for essay questions)
     – Stela of Naramsin
     – Stela of Hammurabi
  – From Ancient Greece
     – Ajax & Achilles playing a Game (pottery)
     – Bronze Horse
     – Nike adjusting her Sandal
     – Dipylon Vase
     – Lady of Auxerre
     – Spear Bearer
     – Hermes and the Infant Dionysos
     – Dying Warrior
     – Discus Thrower
     – The Scraper
     – Calf Bearer
     – Parthenon
     – Aphrodite of Knidos
  – From “Story in Art” lecture:
     – The Sistine Chapel
     – The Gates of Paradise (Bronze Doors)
  – From “Form in Art” lecture:
     – Whistler – Nocturne in Black and Gold
     – Kandinsky – On White II
     – Matisse – Yellow Curtain
     – Rothko – No. 5 / No. 22
  – From “What is Art” lecture:
     – Rigaud – Louis XIV
     – Louis le Nain – Peasant Family
     – Durer – a Hare
     – Rembrandt – an Elephant
     – Monet by Manet
     – Raphael – Holy Family
 To prepare for Part Three, review this list of concepts and be prepared to identify and diagram them when you see a particular painting:
  – Balance
  – Symmetry
  – Asymmetry
  – Proportion
  – Scale
  – Color
  – Monochrome
  – Color Temperature
  – Focal Point
  – Rule of Thirds
  – Contrast
  – Juxtaposition
  – Figure / Ground
  – Shape
  – Line
  – Movement
  – Repetition
  – Pattern
  – Geometric

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