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

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

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

4. Sontag cites William Hazlitt's claim that sympathy is no more a part of human nature than is which of the following?
(a) Love of cruelty.
(b) Fear of pain.
(c) Love of power.
(d) Fear of death.

5. 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) Violence and sadism.
(d) War protest.

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

7. According to Sontag, Wall's photograph may have been an updated version of which infamous image from the First World War?
(a) Gance's "J'accuse."
(b) Friedrich's "War against War!"
(c) Gardner's "Photographic Sketch Book of the War."
(d) Goya's "Distasters of War."

8. Which of the following is an account of a man's last hours before his execution at the guillotine?
(a) "The Green Mile."
(b) "The Ascent."
(c) "The Hours."
(d) "The Execution of Troppmann."

9. In portraying horrors, Leonardo da Vinci encouraged artists to be:
(a) Pitiless.
(b) Cautious.
(c) Restrained.
(d) Sensitive.

10. "Dead Troops Talk (A Vision After an Ambush of a Red Army Patrol near Moqor, Afghanistan, Winter 1986" was a photograph taken by which of the following types of photographer?
(a) An embedded journalist.
(b) A Canadian artist attempting to envision the horrors of a distant war.
(c) A civilian bystander with a disposable camera.
(d) A military photographer archiving the event for intelligence purposes.

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) Bosnia.
(c) Rhodesia.
(d) Somalia.

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

13. Sontag refutes the possibility of a suggestion she made in "On Photography". Which of the following ideas did she refute?
(a) An ecology of images.
(b) A ban on horrific images.
(c) A placation of the public.
(d) An abating of horrors.

14. Which of the following phrases does Sontag use to refer to items which allow us to remember or think on death?
(a) Memento mori.
(b) Photography.
(c) Emblems of suffering.
(d) Memorabilia.

15. According to Sontag, people are less responsive to images of violence in which of the following contexts?
(a) Times of seemingly unending war.
(b) Armed conflicts amassing the deaths of military personnel.
(c) Instances of mass casualty.
(d) Times of relative peace in one's home nation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag cites one of her earlier books published in 1977. Which of the following is it?

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

3. Underneath feelings of apathy, Sontag contends are which of the following feelings?

4. "Without Sanctuary" was a book of photographs taken of which of the following atrocities?

5. How many soldiers did Wall's photograph depict?

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