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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 hanging of Sadam Hussein.
(b) The invasion of Iraq in 2003.
(c) The destruction of the Word Trade Center in 2001.
(d) The destruction of the Jenin refugee camp in 2002.

2. 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) Many people misunderstood the images.
(c) One day, they will be necessary for those who did not experience the tragedy.
(d) The photographers complained that their work did not receive proper explanation.

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

4. According to Sontag, "to photograph is to frame, and to frame is to _______".
(a) Alter.
(b) Include.
(c) Exclude.
(d) Highlight.

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

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

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

8. Which painting does Sontag "find it difficult" to look at?
(a) Callot's "The Miseries and Misfortunes of War."
(b) Titian's painting of the flaying of Marsyas.
(c) Picasso's "Guernica."
(d) Da Vinci's "The Last Supper."

9. 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.

10. Which Virginia Woolf book does Sontag discuss in detail?
(a) Three Guineas.
(b) Orlando.
(c) The Hours.
(d) Mrs. Dalloway.

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

12. Sontag argues that creating lasting interest in war image requires which of the following?
(a) A brave star witness.
(b) A reputation for cutting-edge journalism.
(c) A plethora of shocking images.
(d) A large budget from advertising.

13. 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?
(a) The man was a human being.
(b) The man deserved greater respect for serving his government in war.
(c) The man's loved ones would discover the images one day.
(d) The man's suffering should be a private affair.

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

15. Sontag references an agreement in which the United States, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and Japan came together to renounce war. What is the name of this agreement?
(a) Kellogg-Briad Pact of 1928.
(b) The Treaty of Brandenburg.
(c) The Non-Aggression Pact of 1937.
(d) The Treaty of Versailles.

Short Answer Questions

1. In interpreting photographs, Sontag claims that everyone approaches the image as which of the following?

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

3. Ultimately, Sontag claims that war is:

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

5. Sontag discusses the subtitle of "Here is New York" in some detail. What was this subtitle?

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