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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sontag claims that there is no way to guarantee which of the following?
(a) A nation's reaction to the image.
(b) Visibility of war photographs in this media-saturated environment.
(c) A deferential environment for war photographs.
(d) An audience's conscientious reaction.

2. Although Sontag is pessimistic about the broad effects of atrocity photographs, she did mention one positive outcome. What was it?
(a) The individual may come to a deeper understanding of the evil people may inflict.
(b) Images continually educate people in how to behave humanely.
(c) Some people may still be persuaded by images of suffering.
(d) The victims of atrocities may soemtimes feel that their suffering is not in vain.

3. Many of the scenes in "Saving Private Ryan" were based on works by which famous World War I photographer?
(a) Roger Fenton.
(b) Robert Capa.
(c) Gilles Peress.
(d) Ernst Friedrich.

4. According to Sontag, if one feels sympathy for the victims of suffering, it helps ensure that one cannot be ___________.
(a) A sadistic voyeur.
(b) A heartless bystander.
(c) An objective observer.
(d) Responsible for or complicit in the suffering.

5. Using the example of Ground Zero, Sontag argues that photographs have the power to do which of the following to their subject?
(a) Elevate it to something venerable.
(b) Transform it to something beautiful.
(c) Degrade it to something consumable.
(d) Capture the unseen in it.

6. It was generally thought that public awareness was largely guided by which of the following?
(a) Government propaganda.
(b) Educational programming.
(c) Book industry.
(d) Media coverage.

7. Sontag claims in Chapter 6 that, despite historical evidence to the contrary, we have come to see which of the following as the natural state of being?
(a) Peace.
(b) War.
(c) Fear.
(d) Uncertainty.

8. In order to take pleasure in suffering, Sontag argues that one must necessarily have which of the following?
(a) Distance from the source of suffering.
(b) A sadistic streak characteristic of serial killers.
(c) A sense of moral or intellectual superiority.
(d) Deep seated feelings of misanthropy.

9. Modern society, Sontag argues, is a "society of _______".
(a) Shock.
(b) Spectacle.
(c) Sympathy.
(d) Sheep.

10. Sontag claims that some photographs which are "repulsive" can also ________.
(a) Shock.
(b) Allure.
(c) Silence.
(d) Impress.

11. Sontag claims that no one has a right to which of the following?
(a) Ignorance.
(b) Sympathy.
(c) Bliss.
(d) Happiness.

12. Recounting a conversation with a Sarajevan woman, Sontag claims that when people are safe, they will feel which of the following toward atrocities committed abroad?
(a) Arousal.
(b) Indifference.
(c) Outrage.
(d) Delight.

13. Sontag refutes the possibility of a suggestion she made in "On Photography". Which of the following ideas did she refute?
(a) A ban on horrific images.
(b) A placation of the public.
(c) An ecology of images.
(d) An abating of horrors.

14. In portraying horrors, Leonardo da Vinci encouraged artists to be:
(a) Sensitive.
(b) Cautious.
(c) Restrained.
(d) Pitiless.

15. Sontag cites one of her earlier books published in 1977. Which of the following is it?
(a) "Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors."
(b) "Against Interpretation."
(c) "Reborn."
(d) "On Photography."

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following phrases does Sontag use to refer to items which allow us to remember or think on death?

2. A famous campaign for Benetton used which of the following images in its advertising?

3. According to Sontag, people are less responsive to images of violence in which of the following contexts?

4. Which of the following does Sontag suggest is an ethical act?

5. Which work of literature does Sontag cite as evidence that war was once seen as part of a man's life?

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