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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which sense did the ancient Greeks consider superior?
(a) Smell.
(b) Hearing.
(c) Sight.
(d) Touch.

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

4. Concerned with the public health risk posed by cigarette smoking, officials in which country suggested that images of black lungs, damaged hearts or periodontal disease be included on the warning label for tobacco products?
(a) Canada.
(b) United Kindgom.
(c) France.
(d) United States.

5. 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.

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

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) War.
(b) Uncertainty.
(c) Fear.
(d) Peace.

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

9. In transforming an event or person into something that can be owned, photographs:
(a) Elevate.
(b) Objectify.
(c) Degrade.
(d) Commoditize.

10. Which of the following best describes the "CNN effect" as discussed by Sontag?
(a) Extensive media coverage directly affected local politics.
(b) Outrageous media coverage lead to a backlash against the media.
(c) Media coverage lead to the sentiment that something must be done.
(d) Distorted media coverage misleads the public.

11. Which of the following does Sontag suggest is an ethical act?
(a) Loving.
(b) Remembering.
(c) Mourning.
(d) Fighting.

12. Which Dreiser novel does Sontag reference in the final chapter?
(a) "Death of a Salesman."
(b) "An American Tragedy."
(c) "Sister of War."
(d) "The Crucible."

13. 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 German Holocaust.
(c) The American slave trade.
(d) The massacre of the Native Americans.

14. 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.

15. According to Sontag, a person who fails to recognize that people are capable of committing atrocities has failed to achieve which of the following?
(a) Realistic perspective.
(b) Emotional security.
(c) Psychological or moral adulthood.
(d) Intellectual development.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the primary message carried by images of atrocity?

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

4. Sontag presents her own objection to Salgado's "Migrations." Why does Sontag criticize Salgado's work?

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

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