TPO56-L1 Abstract Expressionism (Art History)



1. Why does the professor discuss Jackson Pollock?

A. To point out a common misconception about Abstract Expressionism

B. To help students understand the nature of Abstract Expressionism

C. To compare Pollock’s technique to that of other Abstract Expressionist painters

D. To defend Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists from criticism


2. What point does the professor make about Jackson Pollock’s training as an artist? 

A. It motivated him to rebel against art he claimed was boring

B. It contrasted with the type of art he later created.

C. It taught him how to paint using unconventional methods

D. It was very different from the type of training most artists receive


3. What were two features of Jackson Pollock’s painting technique? Click on 2 answers

A. He used walls as a painting surface.

B. He painted the canvas while it was on the floor.

C. He applied paint by pouring or dripping it

D. He allowed visitors at his studio to help with the painting


4. What is the professor’s attitude toward the term “action painting” ?

A. He thinks it correctly describes Pollack’s painting technique.

B. He considers it less appropriate for Pollock than for other Abstract Expressionists.

C. He believes that it represents the sense of movement displayed in Pollock’ s paintings.

D. He is pleased that contemporary critics rarely use the term


5. What feature of Autumn Rhythm does the professor imply is representative of Pollock’s works?

A. It symbolizes the passage of time.

B. It reveals a lack of control over emotions.

C. It combines structure and the appearance of chaos

D. It combines tradition and innovation


6. Why does the professor discuss photography?

A. To emphasize how different it is from painting

B. To make a point about its increasing popularity in New York’s art world

C. To show the extent of Pollock’s influence

D. To support his argument about the way people look at Pollock’s paintings


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