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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Although images were more prevalent, which of the following was NOT also true?
(a) Humanity became oversensitive to images of suffering.
(b) The human capacity to absorb the images of suffering increased.
(c) People's reactions to the images were greater.
(d) People's understanding of atrocity increased.

2. Which nation's army was represented in Wall's photograph?
(a) Soviet Union.
(b) Iraq.
(c) Afghanistan.
(d) United States.

3. Which of the following poets expressed concerns about the effect of national-scale events on human sensibility in 1800?
(a) Wordsworth.
(b) Pound.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Eliot.

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

5. Sontag suggests that, for the most part, photographs received more serious attention when placed in which of the following scenarios?
(a) Galleries.
(b) Newspapers.
(c) Books.
(d) Museums.

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

7. Discussing the common person's ability to feel sympathy, Sontag argues which of the following?
(a) People will naturally feel empathy, but will quickly distance themselves because society has programmed them to avoid involvement.
(b) People will instinctually distance themselves from suffering.
(c) People will automatically feel sympathy for victims of atrocity.
(d) People will do anything to keep from being moved by what they see.

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) Degrade it to something consumable.
(c) Elevate it to something venerable.
(d) Transform it to something beautiful.

9. 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) Delight.
(b) Indifference.
(c) Outrage.
(d) Arousal.

10. At the time Sontag wrote the book, many felt what which of the following made atrocity photographs immoral?
(a) Abstractness.
(b) Permanence.
(c) Context.
(d) Exploitation.

11. Sarajevans were angered by a photography exhibit which featured photographs of their suffering alongside images of which other country's people?
(a) Bulgaria.
(b) Rhodesia.
(c) Bosnia.
(d) Somalia.

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

13. Sontag discusses another common belief regarding media coverage of an event, and suggested that it may seem to contradict the first common belief she addresses. What is this second idea?
(a) Limited exposure diminishes the impact the images have on an audience.
(b) Repeated images in the media exhaust our ability to prevent new atrocities.
(c) The media sensationalizes stories of atrocity.
(d) Overexposure to images in the media makes people callous.

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

15. According to Sontag, the idea that less people are reacting to news of atrocity is probably which of the following?
(a) Regrettably true.
(b) Painfully true.
(c) Not true.
(d) Somewhat true.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Sontag, a person who fails to recognize that people are capable of committing atrocities has failed to achieve which of the following?

2. Sontag begins Chapter 9 with which of the following assertions?

3. Sontag lists three impulses which may be satisfied by viewing images of atrocities. Which of the following is NOT one of them?

4. Events enter the collective memory, not by a natural process of remembering but by:

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

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