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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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?
(a) Napoleon's invasion of Spain.
(b) World War I.
(c) The Spanish Civil War.
(d) The bombing of Guernica.

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

4. Audiences may question the veracity of photographs because:
(a) Newspapers and magazines caption the images.
(b) Anyone can photograph an event.
(c) Photojournalists are unreliable.
(d) Images can be staged or manipulated.

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

6. According to Sontag, why do images of atrocities fail to convey a singular, universal message?
(a) They are too graphic.
(b) They inspire only disgust.
(c) They require context and explanation.
(d) They are inappropriate for mass publication.

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

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

9. Which antiwar book which shows images from German military archives does Sontag reference?
(a) Three Guinneas.
(b) J'accuse.
(c) The Face of War.
(d) Krieg dem Kriege!

10. 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 like a dream."
(b) "It felt surreal."
(c) "It felt unreal."
(d) "It felt like a movie."

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

12. Sontag argues that we are most disappointed to discover that which type of photographs have been staged?
(a) Images depicting everyday life.
(b) Images depicting spontaneous events.
(c) Images depicting intimate climaxes.
(d) Images depicting gory battle scenes.

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

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

15. Sontag argues that a photograph by which of these photographers triggered mass outcry against the Vietnam War?
(a) Robert Capa.
(b) Henri Cartier-Bresson.
(c) Larry Burroughs.
(d) Ernst Friedrich.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Sontag notes that images of war most significantly influenced which of the following groups?

3. Sontag notes that at the time Virginia Woolf wrote "Three Guineas," war journalism was different than it is now. How was it different?

4. Which of the following pairs of images appeared side-by-side in a 1937 issue of "Life"?

5. Sontag claims that "good taste" is always _________ when invoked by institutions.

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