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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Faced with "information overload," people remember a photograph because it is a quick way of storing information, much like which of the following strategies?
(a) Quotations, mnenics and memory games.
(b) Maxims, proverbs and songs.
(c) Quotations, maxims and proverbs.
(d) Jingles, mnemonics and rhymes.

2. Sontag notes that post-colonial Africa is most commonly known to the American public based on a series of which of the following groups of images?
(a) Images of American aid groups, support-a-child network assistants, and refugee camps.
(b) Still images of freedom fighters, revolutionary independence movements, and guerrilla insurgencies.
(c) Photographs of the famine fields of Biafra, the Rwandan genocide, and the AIDS epidemic.
(d) Images of post-war development and national improvement.

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

4. According to Sontag, anti-war sentiment:
(a) Was considered treasonous.
(b) Overcame the militarized frenzy of the war years.
(c) Produced peace.
(d) Emerged in the arts across Europe after World War I.

5. Sontag argues that we are most disappointed to discover that which type of photographs have been staged?
(a) Images depicting gory battle scenes.
(b) Images depicting everyday life.
(c) Images depicting spontaneous events.
(d) Images depicting intimate climaxes.

6. Sontag suggests that a catastrophic event that is experienced in real life. . .
(a) "does not often seem to be happening."
(b) "will often seem eerily like its representation."
(c) "causes greater pain than one that is experienced on television."
(d) "induces more stress when it is televised."

7. Krieg dem Kriege contains images captioned in which four languages?
(a) German, French, English and Spanish.
(b) German, French, English and Russian.
(c) German, French, Dutch and English.
(d) German, French, English and Japanese.

8. After World War I, the general public thought of the War as:
(a) The war to end all wars.
(b) A hopeless waste of human energy and life.
(c) An atrocity committed on the world stage.
(d) A clean, necessary and effectively fought war.

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

10. Sontag lists which of the following as images that the artist "makes"?
(a) Paintings and photographs.
(b) Etchings and drawings.
(c) Drawings and paintings.
(d) Photographs and etchings.

11. Sontag describes a famous photograph from the Spanish Civil War in which two things occur simultaneously. What are those two things?
(a) A shot was fired and a soldier fell.
(b) A boy died and a helicopter landed.
(c) The photograph was snapped and the soldier was hit by a bullet.
(d) A soldier was shot and the commander surrendered.

12. Which of the following magazines was NOT devoted entirely to photography?
(a) Vu.
(b) Life.
(c) Picture Post.
(d) National Geographic.

13. Which of the following is true about representations of the dead or dying in American media?
(a) The faces of the dead and dying from "exotic" places are more likely to be shown.
(b) American news media applies the same standards of decency to all victims, regardless of country of origin.
(c) American journalism favors American subjects, often overlooking people in "remote" places.
(d) FCC laws prohibit the printing of images including the faces of war victims.

14. Sontag discusses the use of images of the dead to bolster hatred of the enemy. Which of the following recent events, aired on the Al Jazeera network, does she use as an example?
(a) The invasion of Iraq in 2003.
(b) The destruction of the Word Trade Center in 2001.
(c) The destruction of the Jenin refugee camp in 2002.
(d) The hanging of Sadam Hussein.

15. Audiences may question the veracity of photographs because:
(a) Photojournalists are unreliable.
(b) Images can be staged or manipulated.
(c) Newspapers and magazines caption the images.
(d) Anyone can photograph an event.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag observes that "Here Is New York" had no need for captions, but suggests that:

2. How many images did the "Here Is New York" exhibit originally receive?

3. Sontag argues that the photograph, unlike the written word, is:

4. A heated debate emerged when a weekly paper in Boston ran a video of which American journalist's execution in Pakistan?

5. Sontag describes the way people experienced televised images of war in their own homes as which of the following?

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