AP Art History : Identifying artists, works, or schools of Oceanian sculpture

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Identifying Artists, Works, Or Schools Of Oceanian Sculpture

The large statues made from volcanic ash known as moai are found on __________.

Possible Answers:

Samoa

Easter Island

Christmas Island

the Hawaiian Islands

Correct answer:

Easter Island

Explanation:

The moai of Easter Island are the small eastern Polynesian Island's most famous monuments, 887 statues with giant heads that are placed all around the island. While sharing much in common with other Polynesian sculpture, the remoteness of Easter Island and its intense tribal warfare make these symbolic monuments to ancestors larger and more stylized than other similar pieces of art.

Example Question #2 : Identifying Artists, Works, Or Schools Of Oceanian Sculpture

What were the feathered capes (or cloaks) worn by Hawaiian noble men called?

Possible Answers:

garments of the gods

'ahu'ula

nobility cape

 olona

'i'iwi cape

Correct answer:

'ahu'ula

Explanation:

The cloaks were called 'ahu'ula. These were capes made of red, yellow, and black feathers. They were worn during both ceremonies and battles. 

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