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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 intimate climaxes.
(d) Images depicting spontaneous events.

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

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

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

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

6. In interpreting photographs, Sontag claims that everyone approaches the image as which of the following?
(a) A realist.
(b) A literalist.
(c) A critic.
(d) An idealist.

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

8. Ultimately, Sontag claims that war is:
(a) Horrific.
(b) Perennial.
(c) Tragic.
(d) Avoidable.

9. The media may inform the public of war crimes and atrocities, but often fails to capture the:
(a) Tension between combatants.
(b) Complicated circumstances, causes and impact of the event.
(c) Essence of the experience.
(d) Emotional struggles of the victims.

10. 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) Those who had never experienced war first-hand.
(c) Artists whose work centers on conscientious objection.
(d) Governing officials making war decisions.

11. 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 portrayed shocking violence and bloodshed.
(b) The painting was the first anti-war protest work.
(c) The painting glorified the horrors of war.
(d) The painting emphasized the savagery of the conquering army.

12. 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 inspire."
(c) "They simplify."
(d) "They create the illusion of consensus."

13. Which of the following images was often thought to represent a mother, looking tellingly into the sky during an air raid of the Spanish Civil War?
(a) "Mother and Child, Barcelona, Spain, 1936"
(b) "Land Distribution Meeting, Extremadura, Spain, 1936"
(c) "War Against War!"
(d) "Guernica."

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

15. According to Sontag, photojournalism was used post-9/11 to:
(a) Promote messages of peace and pacificism.
(b) Inform the public of the event.
(c) Increase sensitivity toward Middle-Eastern Americans.
(d) Increase support for military action.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

4. Which was the first war to be covered by television cameras?

5. In discussing the difference gender makes in perceptions of war, Sontag agrees with which of the following authors?

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