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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Degrade it to something consumable.
(c) Capture the unseen in it.
(d) Transform it to something beautiful.

2. 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) Advertising.
(c) Image-glut.
(d) Overload.

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

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

5. Sebastiao Salgado's work called "Migrations: Humanity in Transition" was often criticized as being:
(a) "Melodramatic."
(b) "Exploitative."
(c) "Cinematic."
(d) "Generalizing."

6. Sontag criticizes American portrayals of U.S. military strategy, saying that war museums do not emphasize which of the following?
(a) U.S. use of disproportionate fire power.
(b) The victims of U.S. military force.
(c) War crimes committed by United States officers.
(d) U.S. defeat in battle.

7. Georges Bataille, famous for his studies of the erotic, kept which of the following images on his desk?
(a) A famous pornographic image, taken in late19th century France.
(b) A painting of the bombing of Guernica.
(c) A photograph of the Chinese torture "the death of a hundred cuts".
(d) A photograph of the statue of David.

8. Neither compassion nor moral indignation would be enough to do which of the following?
(a) Stop suffering.
(b) Inspire change.
(c) End violence.
(d) Motivate action.

9. 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 German Holocaust.
(b) The massacre of the Native Americans.
(c) The American slave trade.
(d) The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

10. Which of the following photographers exhibited photographs of Sarajevo in 1994?
(a) Paul Lowe.
(b) Larisa Shepitko.
(c) Frederick Wiseman.
(d) Jeff Wall.

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

12. Which of the following thinkers argued that people take "no small" delight in witnessing the suffering of others?
(a) Edmund Burke.
(b) Plato.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Renee Descartes.

13. What is the primary message carried by images of atrocity?
(a) We must change.
(b) This happened.
(c) Never forget.
(d) This is wrong.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag suggests that it is still possible to "feel the pulse of Christian iconography" in much war photography. Which famous work of art does she suggest can be seen in W. Eugene Smith's photograph of the woman in Minamata cradling her child?

2. It was generally thought that public awareness was largely guided by which of the following?

3. Sontag claims that the model for public space in modern society is which of the following?

4. Andy Warhol silk screened which of the following images of war as his only direct statement about the atrocity of war?

5. Sontag writes that provocative images may have which of the following effects on viewers?

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