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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In discussing the difference gender makes in perceptions of war, Sontag agrees with which of the following authors?
(a) Virginia Woolf.
(b) Tyler Hicks.
(c) Joyce Carol Oates.
(d) Henry James.

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

3. Sontag claims that "good taste" is always _________ when invoked by institutions.
(a) A decision made in the interest of freedom.
(b) A repressive standard.
(c) A measure to protect the public.
(d) A way to maintain appearances.

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

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

6. Which was the first war to be "covered" by professional war journalists at the front lines?
(a) The Spanish Civil War.
(b) World War I.
(c) The American Civil War.
(d) World War II.

7. Sontag, confirming Walter Lippmann's assertion, argues that photography replaced which of the following media for representing the truth?
(a) Religious texts such as the Bible.
(b) Scientific studies.
(c) Artistic representations such as paintings or drawings.
(d) Eye-witness testimonies.

8. Recalling traditions of the 16th and 17th century, Sontag claims that printing images of dark-skinned people in moments of suffering or pain is part of a long tradition of which of the following?
(a) Displaying the bodies of the colonized or dominated.
(b) Drumming up feelings of superiority over the colonized or dominated.
(c) Creating interest in the human rights violations committed against the colonized or dominated.
(d) Protesting oppressive treatment of the colonized or dominated.

9. Although the camera captures the scene in front of it, Sontag suggests that the ______ may manipulate the image.
(a) Photographer.
(b) Editor.
(c) Media.
(d) Press.

10. The mass media bombarded viewers with shocking images because:
(a) The public demanded the uncensored truth.
(b) People secretly enjoy images of mass destruction.
(c) These images received the highest interest ratings in viewer polls.
(d) They were more likely to stand out from the countless images people saw every day.

11. 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) A clean, necessary and effectively fought war.
(d) An atrocity committed on the world stage.

12. Sontag discusses one year in European history in which the photograph was able to truly capture the nature of human atrocities. Which year was it?
(a) 1975.
(b) 1912.
(c) 1902.
(d) 1945.

13. The protagonist of J'Accuse, the 1938 anti-war film, cries out which of the following in German and in English?
(a) "The face of war!"
(b) "The horror!"
(c) "Your sacrifices were in vain!"
(d) "War is ugly!"

14. The Brady war pictures were taken of which of the following wars?
(a) The Spanish Civil War.
(b) World War I.
(c) The American Civil War.
(d) The Crimean War.

15. To whom did the "Here Is New York" exhibit donate the proceeds?
(a) A fund benefitting the spouses of those who died.
(b) A fund benefitting the arts and encouraging photography of New York.
(c) A fund benefitting the fire departments that acted to save the victims.
(d) A fund benefitting children who lost parents in the attack.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Sontag, "to photograph is to frame, and to frame is to _______".

2. Which of the following was NOT true of the "Here Is New York" exhibit?

3. Which painting does Sontag "find it difficult" to look at?

4. According to Sontag, photojournalism was used post-9/11 to:

5. Fenton's "The Valley of the Shadow of Death" is unique for which of the following reasons?

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