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1. "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) A civilian bystander with a disposable camera.
(b) A Canadian artist attempting to envision the horrors of a distant war.
(c) An embedded journalist.
(d) A military photographer archiving the event for intelligence purposes.

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

3. Sontag claims that no one has a right to which of the following?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Ignorance.
(c) Bliss.
(d) Sympathy.

4. Sontag claims in Chapter 6 that, despite historical evidence to the contrary, we have come to see which of the following as the natural state of being?
(a) War.
(b) Uncertainty.
(c) Peace.
(d) Fear.

5. 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) Transform it to something beautiful.
(d) Capture the unseen in it.

6. Sontag cites the Japanese narrative "Chushingura" in which the protagonist stops to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms one last time before committing ritual suicide as an example of which kind of shocking art?
(a) The type which, through the narrative form of pathos, continually induces emotional reactions.
(b) The type which is only relative to a particular culture, and thus has little effect on outsiders.
(c) The type which is often underestimated for its emotional impact.
(d) The type which is perennially performed, but which achieves less of a reaction with each performance.

7. Which work of literature does Sontag cite as evidence that war was once seen as part of a man's life?
(a) The Odyssey.
(b) The Iliad.
(c) The Republic.
(d) The Aeneid.

8. Which two things does Sontag say seem to go together?
(a) Death and heartlessness.
(b) Trauma and memory.
(c) Heartlessness and amnesia.
(d) Amnesia and trauma.

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

10. Which of the following produced a documentary about a "deranged" Pacific war veteran who drives the streets of Tokyo speaking against Japanese war crimes?
(a) Theodore Dreiser.
(b) Larisa Shepitko.
(c) Jeff Wall.
(d) Kazuo Hara.

11. Sontag suggests that Plato anticipated which of the following psychological models?
(a) Freud's id, ego and superego.
(b) Jung's archetypes.
(c) Pavlov's classical conditioning.
(d) Skinner's box.

12. 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) Somalia.
(d) Rhodesia.

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

14. According to Sontag, if one feels sympathy for the victims of suffering, it helps ensure that one cannot be ___________.
(a) A sadistic voyeur.
(b) An objective observer.
(c) A heartless bystander.
(d) Responsible for or complicit in the suffering.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. _______ is a classic use for the camera.

2. Although Sontag is pessimistic about the broad effects of atrocity photographs, she did mention one positive outcome. What was it?

3. Which of the following poets expressed concerns about the effect of national-scale events on human sensibility in 1800?

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

5. 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?

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