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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) Jingles, mnemonics and rhymes.
(b) Quotations, mnenics and memory games.
(c) Quotations, maxims and proverbs.
(d) Maxims, proverbs and songs.

2. Sontag argues that the photograph, unlike the written word, is:
(a) Artistically inferior.
(b) Always objective.
(c) Politically charged.
(d) Subject to interpretation.

3. Sontag describes the way people experienced televised images of war in their own homes as which of the following?
(a) Mediated intimacy.
(b) Comfortable distance.
(c) Tele-intimacy.
(d) Diplomatic distance.

4. At the end of World War II, a group of journalists formed Magnum Photo Agency. Which of the following photographers was not among them?
(a) David Seymour.
(b) Ernst Friedrich.
(c) Henri Cartier-Bresson.
(d) Robert Capa.

5. In its early days, photography was thought to:
(a) Glorify scenes of suffering.
(b) Diminish the emotional impact of an event.
(c) Depict a single, biased point of view.
(d) Represent objective truth.

6. Sontag discusses the subtitle of "Here is New York" in some detail. What was this subtitle?
(a) "A Nation in Shock."
(b) "A Democracy of Images."
(c) "A City Mourns."
(d) "September 11th, 2001."

7. Which was the first war to be covered by television cameras?
(a) The Vietnam War.
(b) The War on Terror.
(c) Desert Storm.
(d) The Korean War.

8. Sontag discusses reactions to the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Which of the following is NOT a reaction Sontag recalls hearing?
(a) "It felt surreal."
(b) "It felt like a movie."
(c) "It felt unreal."
(d) "It felt like a dream."

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

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

11. Images of the Gulf War were filtered to portray the "techno war." The public was exposed to only those images that portrayed which of the following sentiments?
(a) American military mercy.
(b) American military superiority over the enemy.
(c) Wondrous technological advancements.
(d) Savagery of conventional warfare, compared to American techno war.

12. Paraphrasing Woolf, Sontag states that the privileged class fails to respond to images of war with the appropriate pain. She describes this as a:
(a) Failure to behave humanely.
(b) Failure of wealth.
(c) Failure of ignorance.
(d) Failure of empathy and imagination.

13. Restrictions on media coverage of the British campaign in the Falklands was notable for which of the following reasons?
(a) They opened the event to full-scale television coverage.
(b) They prohibited foreign journalists from covering the story.
(c) They were stricter than any censorship since the Crimean War.
(d) They allowed only government-sponsored journalists.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag argues that creating lasting interest in war image requires which of the following?

2. 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?

3. Sontag discusses "Here Is New York," a photography exhibit depicting September 11th. Whom did the organizers ask to contribute photographs?

4. Sontag argues that Woolf's view, like many other "antiwar polemicists" is:

5. Which of the following is true about representations of the dead or dying in American media?

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