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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Photographic representations of the Vietnam War was essential to promoting:
(a) New methods of communication.
(b) International relations.
(c) Patriotic sentiment.
(d) The anti-war movement.

2. Sontag argues that Woolf's view, like many other "antiwar polemicists" is:
(a) Idealistic.
(b) Out-dated.
(c) Narrow-minded.
(d) Generic.

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

4. Sontag mentions many factors which influence the way audiences receive war photography. Which of the following was NOT one of those factors?
(a) Culture.
(b) Gender.
(c) Age.
(d) Status.

5. Restrictions on media coverage of the British campaign in the Falklands was notable for which of the following reasons?
(a) They allowed only government-sponsored journalists.
(b) They were stricter than any censorship since the Crimean War.
(c) They opened the event to full-scale television coverage.
(d) They prohibited foreign journalists from covering the story.

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

7. 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?
(a) 1945.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1975.
(d) 1912.

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

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

10. 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) These images received the highest interest ratings in viewer polls.
(d) The public demanded the uncensored truth.

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

12. Sontag claims that "good taste" is always _________ when invoked by institutions.
(a) A way to maintain appearances.
(b) A repressive standard.
(c) A decision made in the interest of freedom.
(d) A measure to protect the public.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The protagonist of J'Accuse, the 1938 anti-war film, cries out which of the following in German and in English?

2. At the end of World War II, a group of journalists formed Magnum Photo Agency. Which of the following photographers was not among them?

3. Which of the following included close-up images of soldiers wounded by war in his/her 1938 film?

4. After World War I, the general public thought of the War as:

5. To whom did the "Here Is New York" exhibit donate the proceeds?

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