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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Sontag, why do images of atrocities fail to convey a singular, universal message?
(a) They inspire only disgust.
(b) They require context and explanation.
(c) They are too graphic.
(d) They are inappropriate for mass publication.

2. Sontag suggests that the camera always "kept company with _________".
(a) Death.
(b) Life.
(c) War.
(d) Art.

3. Which of the following was NOT true of the "Here Is New York" exhibit?
(a) Images were selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.
(b) The identity of the photographer was kept secret until after the image was purchased.
(c) One image from each contributer was selected.
(d) The images were displayed uncaptioned.

4. According to Sontag, photographs of atrocities are best received if they are:
(a) Well-lit and high-contrast.
(b) Images of familiar places or people.
(c) So artistically simple as to seem uncomposed.
(d) Close-ups of compelling scenes.

5. In interpreting photographs, Sontag claims that everyone approaches the image as which of the following?
(a) A realist.
(b) A critic.
(c) An idealist.
(d) A literalist.

6. Sontag argues that creating lasting interest in war image requires which of the following?
(a) A reputation for cutting-edge journalism.
(b) A brave star witness.
(c) A plethora of shocking images.
(d) A large budget from advertising.

7. Sontag calls for the reader's sympathy for the wounded Taliban soldier whose pain graced the cover of "The New York Times" by suggesting which of the following?
(a) The man deserved greater respect for serving his government in war.
(b) The man was a human being.
(c) The man's loved ones would discover the images one day.
(d) The man's suffering should be a private affair.

8. Sontag notes that at the time Virginia Woolf wrote "Three Guineas," war journalism was different than it is now. How was it different?
(a) It was more disturbing.
(b) It was more common.
(c) It was less prevalent.
(d) It was less graphic.

9. The media may inform the public of war crimes and atrocities, but often fails to capture the:
(a) Tension between combatants.
(b) Essence of the experience.
(c) Emotional struggles of the victims.
(d) Complicated circumstances, causes and impact of the event.

10. Sontag argues that a photograph by which of these photographers triggered mass outcry against the Vietnam War?
(a) Robert Capa.
(b) Henri Cartier-Bresson.
(c) Ernst Friedrich.
(d) Larry Burroughs.

11. Who took the infamous image of Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Vietcong suspect in the street?
(a) Roger Capa.
(b) Timothy O'Sullivan.
(c) Roger Fenton.
(d) Eddie Adams.

12. Sontag discusses a famous series of photographs taken by Tyler Hicks, titled "A Nation Challenged." What does this series depict?
(a) A wounded Taliban soldier.
(b) The destruction of the Twin Towers.
(c) Hugo Chavez.
(d) Osama Bin Laden.

13. Goya's "Los Desastres de la Guerra" (The Disasters of War) was a series of etchings published in 1863. Which of the following events does this series depict?
(a) The Spanish Civil War.
(b) World War I.
(c) Napoleon's invasion of Spain.
(d) The bombing of Guernica.

14. Photographic representations of the Vietnam War was essential to promoting:
(a) The anti-war movement.
(b) Patriotic sentiment.
(c) International relations.
(d) New methods of communication.

15. Photography on the war front was first banned in an organized fashion during which of the following wars?
(a) World War I.
(b) World War II.
(c) The Spanish Civil War.
(d) The Boer War.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Sontag, anti-war sentiment:

2. Which Virginia Woolf book does Sontag discuss in detail?

3. Sontag claims that Jacques Callot's 1633 painting, "The Miseries and Misfortunes of War" was unprecedented for which of the following reasons?

4. Restrictions on media coverage of the British campaign in the Falklands was notable for which of the following reasons?

5. Which famous surrealist thinker does Sontag quote as saying "Beauty will be convulsive, or it will not be?"

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