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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Jeff Wall.
(c) Larisa Shepitko.
(d) Kazuo Hara.

2. Sontag begins Chapter 9 with which of the following assertions?
(a) Images of war do little to help us understand the circumstances of war.
(b) Merely naming an atrocity does nothing to remedy the situation or save its victims.
(c) Designating an atrocity merely labels the victims..
(d) Anti-war imagery is futile.

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

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

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

6. Sontag argues that there are two extreme positions on a spectrum of war experience which create the same idea that images of war are no longer emotionally-jarring for an audience? Which two positions are they?
(a) Victims and perpetrators of atrocity.
(b) Unexperienced cynics and the war-weary.
(c) Soldiers and civilians of war-torn regions.
(d) Scholars and politicians.

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

8. Which of the following poets expressed concerns about the effect of national-scale events on human sensibility in 1800?
(a) Pound.
(b) Eliot.
(c) Wordsworth.
(d) Hemingway.

9. Sontag suggests that to make peace is to do which of the following?
(a) Forgive.
(b) Remember.
(c) Understand.
(d) Forget.

10. Although images were more prevalent, which of the following was NOT also true?
(a) People's understanding of atrocity increased.
(b) The human capacity to absorb the images of suffering increased.
(c) People's reactions to the images were greater.
(d) Humanity became oversensitive to images of suffering.

11. 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.

12. Sontag argues that journalists who photograph war are often received with resistance. She suggests that the desire to capture images of suffering is often described in which of the following ways?
(a) Exploitative and perverse.
(b) Cruel and unusual.
(c) Cruel and torturous.
(d) Vulgar and low.

13. 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?
(a) Descent from the Cross.
(b) The Passion of Christ.
(c) The Pieta.
(d) The Last Supper.

14. Which Dreiser novel does Sontag reference in the final chapter?
(a) "Sister of War."
(b) "An American Tragedy."
(c) "The Crucible."
(d) "Death of a Salesman."

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag claims that sentimentality is often accompanied by which of the following?

2. What is the primary message carried by images of atrocity?

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

4. Sontag refutes the possibility of a suggestion she made in "On Photography". Which of the following ideas did she refute?

5. Which of the following photographers exhibited photographs of Sarajevo in 1994?

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