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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following terms does Sontag define as a commonly used term for those whose profession like journalists takes them into war zones?
(a) Atrocity tourism.
(b) War voyeurism.
(c) War tourism.
(d) Conflict exploitation.

2. How many soldiers did Wall's photograph depict?
(a) Thirteen.
(b) Three.
(c) Five.
(d) Twelve.

3. Sontag claims that sentimentality is often accompanied by which of the following?
(a) A maudlin reaction to stories of war.
(b) A proclivity for brutality.
(c) A tendency toward hypocrisy.
(d) A fervid religious commitment.

4. Which work of literature does Sontag cite as evidence that war was once seen as part of a man's life?
(a) The Odyssey.
(b) The Republic.
(c) The Iliad.
(d) The Aeneid.

5. Sontag claims that Bataille could see extreme pain as a form of __________.
(a) Sadomasochism.
(b) Transfiguration.
(c) Deification.
(d) Erotic pleasure.

6. Sontag suggests that photographs do NOT ask which of the following tasks of the viewers?
(a) To evaluate the morality of the situation depicted in the image.
(b) To retain specific knowledge about each human atrocity.
(c) To put an end to human cruelty.
(d) To work toward peace.

7. "Without Sanctuary" was a book of photographs taken of which of the following atrocities?
(a) The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
(b) Lynchings of black Americans in the 1930s.
(c) The Rwanda atrocities.
(d) Japanese internment in the U.S.

8. Events enter the collective memory, not by a natural process of remembering but by:
(a) Active designation of significance.
(b) Subconscious selection.
(c) Repeated exposure.
(d) Government propaganda.

9. Which of the following works does Sontag site as containing the first recognition of the human fascination with mutilated bodies?
(a) Virgil's "The Aeneid."
(b) Socrates' "Apologia."
(c) Plato's "The Republic."
(d) Homer's "The Iliad."

10. Contemporary society, at the time Sontag wrote the book, unanimously witnessed a rise of which of the following in the media?
(a) Violence and sexuality.
(b) Sadism and sexuality.
(c) War protest.
(d) Violence and sadism.

11. In discussing images that remind us of death, Sontag references a particular 1943 photograph. What is the subject of this photograph?
(a) The collapsed Twin Towers.
(b) The mushroom clouds.
(c) A little boy in the Warsaw Ghetto.
(d) The empty trenches.

12. Which of the following is NOT one of the adjectives Sontag uses to describe the indescribable experience of war?
(a) Exhilerating.
(b) Dreadful.
(c) Terrifying.
(d) Normal.

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

14. Underneath feelings of apathy, Sontag contends are which of the following feelings?
(a) Superiority and indifference.
(b) Sentimentality and despair.
(c) Frustration and rage.
(d) Anger and righteousness.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag argues that which of the following effects keeps the television viewer's attention "light", "mobile" and fairly "indifferent" to the images on the screen?

2. Sontag claims that some photographs which are "repulsive" can also ________.

3. Sontag claims that there is no way to guarantee which of the following?

4. Many of the scenes in "Saving Private Ryan" were based on works by which famous World War I photographer?

5. According to Sontag, Wall's photograph may have been an updated version of which infamous image from the First World War?

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