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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sontag argues that many people thought that which of the following makes war seem "real"?
(a) Movies.
(b) Photographs.
(c) Proximity.
(d) Books.

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

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

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

5. 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) Repeated images in the media exhaust our ability to prevent new atrocities.
(b) Overexposure to images in the media makes people callous.
(c) Limited exposure diminishes the impact the images have on an audience.
(d) The media sensationalizes stories of atrocity.

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

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

8. Which of the following works does Sontag site as containing the first recognition of the human fascination with mutilated bodies?
(a) Socrates' "Apologia."
(b) Plato's "The Republic."
(c) Virgil's "The Aeneid."
(d) Homer's "The Iliad."

9. 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 Execution of Troppmann."
(c) "The Ascent."
(d) "The Hours."

10. Modern society, Sontag argues, is a "society of _______".
(a) Sheep.
(b) Spectacle.
(c) Sympathy.
(d) Shock.

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

12. 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 do anything to keep from being moved by what they see.
(c) People will automatically feel sympathy for victims of atrocity.
(d) People will instinctually distance themselves from suffering.

13. 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 photograph of the statue of David.
(c) A photograph of the Chinese torture "the death of a hundred cuts".
(d) A painting of the bombing of Guernica.

14. Sontag claims that Bataille could see extreme pain as a form of __________.
(a) Transfiguration.
(b) Sadomasochism.
(c) Deification.
(d) Erotic pleasure.

15. 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) Image-glut.
(b) Media coverage.
(c) Overload.
(d) Advertising.

Short Answer Questions

1. In order to take pleasure in suffering, Sontag argues that one must necessarily have which of the following?

2. Which of the following does Sontag suggest is an ethical act?

3. 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?

4. Neither compassion nor moral indignation would be enough to do which of the following?

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

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