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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Overall, Sontag seems to believe that images are ultimately which of the following?
(a) Powerful.
(b) Frightening.
(c) Dangerous.
(d) Evocative, but limited.

2. What did Wall's photograph enable soldiers to do that they could not do in "real" life?
(a) Speak while dead.
(b) Condemn the viewer.
(c) Communicate propaganda.
(d) Glorify war.

3. Sontag cites the Japanese narrative "Chushingura" in which the protagonist stops to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms one last time before committing ritual suicide as an example of which kind of shocking art?
(a) The type which is often underestimated for its emotional impact.
(b) The type which, through the narrative form of pathos, continually induces emotional reactions.
(c) The type which is only relative to a particular culture, and thus has little effect on outsiders.
(d) The type which is perennially performed, but which achieves less of a reaction with each performance.

4. Sontag notes that although museums remembering atrocities are common practice, there is no museum in the United States dedicated to which of the following atrocities?
(a) The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
(b) The massacre of the Native Americans.
(c) The German Holocaust.
(d) The American slave trade.

5. Diorama, tableaux and wax exhibits served which of the following purposes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?
(a) Forms of war protest.
(b) Forms of history-as-display.
(c) Forms of artistic expression.
(d) Forms of entertainment.

6. For Sontag, the impression that there are more news of atrocity is probably which of the following?
(a) A regrettable truth.
(b) An illusion.
(c) An obnoxious overstatement.
(d) An accurate perception.

7. Sontag claims that shock used for rhetorical purposes can become _________.
(a) New.
(b) Dangerous.
(c) Damaging.
(d) Familiar.

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

9. Sontag claims that the model for public space in modern society is which of the following?
(a) The debate hall.
(b) The mega-store.
(c) The memorial.
(d) The classroom.

10. 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 Iliad.
(c) The Aeneid.
(d) The Republic.

11. 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) War tourism.
(b) Atrocity tourism.
(c) War voyeurism.
(d) Conflict exploitation.

12. Sontag corrects her earlier argument by claiming that which of the following is eroded by modern media saturation?
(a) Human decency.
(b) Sense of reality.
(c) Sense of urgency.
(d) Human empathy.

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

14. Sontag presents her own objection to Salgado's "Migrations." Why does Sontag criticize Salgado's work?
(a) He reprinted images of refugees without their consent, display a disregard for their rights.
(b) He profited greatly from the exhibition of the photographs while the subjects received nothing.
(c) He generalized different social and political situations under the anonymous umbrella of suffering.
(d) He staged many of the photographs to create more dramatic depictions of human agony.

15. 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?
(a) Media coverage.
(b) Overload.
(c) Image-glut.
(d) Advertising.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag suggests that to make peace is to do which of the following?

2. Which of the following works does Sontag site as containing the first recognition of the human fascination with mutilated bodies?

3. Sontag refutes the possibility of a suggestion she made in "On Photography". Which of the following ideas did she refute?

4. Sontag claims that compassion requires which of the following in order to remain?

5. Sontag suggests that, for the most part, photographs received more serious attention when placed in which of the following scenarios?

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