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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. A heated debate emerged when a weekly paper in Boston ran a video of which American journalist's execution in Pakistan?
(a) Ariel Sharon.
(b) Daniel Pearl.
(c) Don McCullin.
(d) Eddie Adams.

5. 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) World War II.
(d) The Spanish Civil War.

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

7. U.S. bombing of Afghanistan was conducted remotely from which of the following locations?
(a) Quantico, Virginia.
(b) Tampa, Florida
(c) Washington, D.C.
(d) The Pentagon.

8. Sontag discusses "Here Is New York," a photography exhibit depicting September 11th. Whom did the organizers ask to contribute photographs?
(a) Amateurs only.
(b) Professional artists only.
(c) Photojournalists only.
(d) Anyone who captured an image of the tragedy.

9. Sontag compares the desire for images of people in pain to which other recurrent type of image?
(a) Images of love.
(b) Images of happiness.
(c) Images of natural disasters.
(d) Images of nude bodies.

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

11. Fenton's "The Valley of the Shadow of Death" is unique for which of the following reasons?
(a) It requires hours of production and setup.
(b) It ignores the directions from the War Office.
(c) It is the only photograph in his collection that did not need to be staged.
(d) It provides a uniquely poignant depiction of the horror of war.

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

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

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

15. Which technological advancement changed the way war was photographed after World War I?
(a) Transportation.
(b) Lightweight cameras.
(c) Lighting equipment.
(d) Weaponry.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag claims that American journalists have always followed one tacit prohibition. What have American journalists always avoided?

2. Sontag discusses one year in European history in which the photograph was able to truly capture the nature of human atrocities. Which year was it?

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

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

5. "The Killing Fields" depicts which of the following?

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