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Multiple Choice Questions

1. "The Killing Fields" depicts which of the following?
(a) The casualties of Bunker Hill.
(b) The mass deaths during the Spanish Civil War.
(c) The dead and dying of the Korean War.
(d) The atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge.

2. How many images did the "Here Is New York" exhibit originally receive?
(a) More than one million.
(b) Less than one hundred.
(c) More than one thousand.
(d) Less five hundred.

3. 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 less prevalent.
(b) It was less graphic.
(c) It was more common.
(d) It was more disturbing.

4. The conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s stood out to many onlookers for which of the following reasons?
(a) The media hyped the conflicts by airing footage during each broadcast.
(b) Most people believe that atrocities like that do not happen in Europe.
(c) The violence was more extreme than other conflicts of the era.
(d) Government propaganda incited great public interest.

5. Sontag lists which of the following as images that the artist "takes"?
(a) Etchings.
(b) Drawings.
(c) Photographs.
(d) Paintings.

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

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's suffering should be a private affair.
(b) The man was a human being.
(c) The man deserved greater respect for serving his government in war.
(d) The man's loved ones would discover the images one day.

8. Sontag claims that images of suffering in Africa send a double message. Which of the following best represents that message?
(a) Suffering like this only happens in backward places like Africa; thus, America and other developed nations are clearly superior.
(b) Places like Africa always face horrors like this; therefore, intervention is a waste of resources.
(c) The suffering depicted in the photographs was inhumane and should be prevented; however, it is to be expected of a place like Africa.
(d) Violence is abhorrent in any case; therefore, we must interfene to stop such atrocities.

9. Which of the following included close-up images of soldiers wounded by war in his/her 1938 film?
(a) Virginia Woolf.
(b) Abel Gance.
(c) Anonymous.
(d) Ernst Friedrich.

10. Sontag lists many effects of photographs depicting war victims. Which of the following was not one of the effects she lists?
(a) "They reiterate."
(b) "They simplify."
(c) "They inspire."
(d) "They create the illusion of consensus."

11. Noting the long history of the "iconography of suffering," Sontag lists three types of art which depict incredible agony. Which of the following is NOT one of them?
(a) The Pieta.
(b) Images of the martyrdom of the Christian saints.
(c) The statue of Laocoon and his sons.
(d) Images and scultpures of the Passion of Christ.

12. Sontag notes that images of war most significantly influenced which of the following groups?
(a) Those who had never experienced war first-hand.
(b) Governing officials making war decisions.
(c) Artists whose work centers on conscientious objection.
(d) Those who had experienced war, and were suffering from post-traumatic stress.

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

14. Sontag mentions many factors which influence the way audiences receive war photography. Which of the following was NOT one of those factors?
(a) Status.
(b) Age.
(c) Culture.
(d) Gender.

15. Sontag argues that the most extensive kind of censorship is which of the following?
(a) Military censorship.
(b) The self-censorship of broadcast companies.
(c) Government censorship.
(d) The censorship implied by public sensibility.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag suggests that the camera always "kept company with _________".

2. Sontag compares the desire for images of people in pain to which other recurrent type of image?

3. Sontag claims that American journalists have always followed one tacit prohibition. What have American journalists always avoided?

4. Fenton received directions from the War Office to do which of the following?

5. The footage from a 1898 charge of Colonel Roosevelt's volunteer cavalry, the Rough Riders, was replaced with film of a staged charge later for which of the following reasons?

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