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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 American slave trade.
(d) The German Holocaust.

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

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

6. A famous campaign for Benetton used which of the following images in its advertising?
(a) A dead Croatian soldier's bloody shirt.
(b) The barbed wire from Warsaw.
(c) A wounded German soldier.
(d) A concentration camp uniform.

7. 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 empty trenches.
(d) The mushroom clouds.

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

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

10. 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) United States.
(b) France.
(c) Canada.
(d) United Kindgom.

11. Sontag insists that images may be ineffective; however, they do serve one basic and significant function. What is that function?
(a) Images remind us that humans are capable of causing great pain.
(b) Images provide moral education.
(c) Images provide representation for the victims, no matter how flawed.
(d) Images inoculate us to the effects of atrocity.

12. What sentiment concludes the book?
(a) War photography should be banned.
(b) War is inevitable.
(c) Photographs of atrocities must be endured.
(d) The horror of war is unimaginable.

13. The West had a long tradition of viewing war as which of the following?
(a) Atrocity.
(b) Honorable.
(c) Spectacle.
(d) Necessary.

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

15. Sontag claims that sentimentality is often accompanied by which of the following?
(a) A proclivity for brutality.
(b) A tendency toward hypocrisy.
(c) A fervid religious commitment.
(d) A maudlin reaction to stories of war.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Which of the following is NOT one of the adjectives Sontag uses to describe the indescribable experience of war?

3. Discussing the common person's ability to feel sympathy, Sontag argues which of the following?

4. "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?

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

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