DISCUSSION: From lines 45-50, it sounds like journalism and photography didn’t do a very good job of showing the full character of African-American life during the depression. They showed the bad side of things, but Bearden showed scenes of happiness as well as misery.
- There may have been innovation in showing us the dreary side of life in Harlem (e.g. new camera angles, new lighting effects, etc.), but that doesn’t change the fact that journalism generally gave a cliched view of Harlem.
- Hard to say. We know painters generally didn’t show individual suffering; that was mentioned in paragraph 3. But journalists might have. The main problem was that journalists’ view were one-sided.
- Lines 45-48 suggest that journalism and photography probably did deal in platitudes. They simplified things, and platitudes are simplifications.
- CORRECT. Bearden showed African-American life in all of its fullness, unlike journalists and photographers, who only dealt in simple cliches. (lines 46-48)
- Lines 47-48 say that journalists and photographers did muddle the picture of everyday life. The passage directly contradicts this answer.
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