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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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?
(a) The footage of the actual event was not dramatic enough.
(b) The lighting on the day of the event was insufficient.
(c) The photographer lost the film reel.
(d) Colonel Roosevelt was unsatisfied with the footage.

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

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

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

7. 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 superiority over the enemy.
(b) American military mercy.
(c) Savagery of conventional warfare, compared to American techno war.
(d) Wondrous technological advancements.

8. Fenton received directions from the War Office to do which of the following?
(a) Avoid photographing the ill, wounded, dying and dead.
(b) Generate propaganda for Britain.
(c) Graphically depict the horrors of war.
(d) Glorify war through patriotic images.

9. Sontag observes that "Here Is New York" had no need for captions, but suggests that:
(a) Many visitors were offended by the images they saw because they did not have a caption to explain them.
(b) One day, they will be necessary for those who did not experience the tragedy.
(c) Many people misunderstood the images.
(d) The photographers complained that their work did not receive proper explanation.

10. Sontag claims that Jacques Callot's 1633 painting, "The Miseries and Misfortunes of War" was unprecedented for which of the following reasons?
(a) The painting glorified the horrors of war.
(b) The painting portrayed shocking violence and bloodshed.
(c) The painting was the first anti-war protest work.
(d) The painting emphasized the savagery of the conquering army.

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

12. Sontag argues that witnessing war atrocities from afar is a unique experience characteristic of:
(a) The modern world.
(b) The early 19th century.
(c) Eastern countries.
(d) Western countries.

13. The first war photographer, whose work garnered him the position as "official photographer" of the Crimean War, was which of the following?
(a) Roger Fenton.
(b) Robert Capa.
(c) Edmund Gosse.
(d) Ernst Friedrich.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following magazines was NOT devoted entirely to photography?

2. Krieg dem Kriege contains images captioned in which four languages?

3. Although the camera captures the scene in front of it, Sontag suggests that the ______ may manipulate the image.

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

5. 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?

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