Werner Herzog's documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams: POST-VIEWING QUESTIONS

1. What is the name of the cave? Where is it located?

2. How do researchers know that the art in the cave was not painted recently?

3. What animals are depicted in the cave paintings?

4. How did the artists of the cave paintings convey the illusion of movement in their paintings of animals?

5. Were all of the paintings done by a single individual, or many? 

6. Over what span of time were the paintings created?

7. The only image of a human in the cave is similar in form to a famous figurine found in a site in Germany. Name that figurine, then describe it.

8. What evidence is there that Paleolithic humans made music? 

9. What does the film say about the abstract concepts of fluidity and permeability?

10. What new discoveries were the scientists who work at the caves making?

11. Preservation is a key factor in the caves at Chauvet. Why is it important to preserve historical artifacts and study them?

12. Herzog's film suggests that art and music are essential expressions of humanity, and that humans feel the need to represent our world and our experiences in it. What do you think about this idea?

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