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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. 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) Goya's "Distasters of War."
(c) Gardner's "Photographic Sketch Book of the War."
(d) Friedrich's "War against War!"

3. _______ is a modern development in camera use.
(a) Simplifying.
(b) Beautifying.
(c) Uglifying.
(d) Complicating.

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

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

6. 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.

7. 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) Peace.
(b) War.
(c) Uncertainty.
(d) Fear.

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

9. Sontag suggests that, for the most part, photographs received more serious attention when placed in which of the following scenarios?
(a) Newspapers.
(b) Books.
(c) Galleries.
(d) Museums.

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

11. 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) An abating of horrors.
(d) A placation of the public.

12. Sontag writes that provocative images may have which of the following effects on viewers?
(a) Provocative images of suffering may enable a deep sense of human empathy.
(b) Provocative images may spur viewers to examine how their own privileges are possible through the suffering of others.
(c) Provocative images of suffering may incite humanitarian actions to end exploitative actions.
(d) Provocative images of suffering may compel viewers to stop subscribing to newspapers for fear of seeing more disturbing photographs.

13. 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) Media coverage.
(c) Image-glut.
(d) Advertising.

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

15. Andy Warhol silk screened which of the following images of war as his only direct statement about the atrocity of war?
(a) The mushroom cloud of the a-bomb.
(b) The barren wasteland of trench warfare.
(c) The death of the suspected Vietcong member.
(d) The raising of the flag at Iwo Jima.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Which of the following terms does Sontag define as a commonly used term for those whose profession like journalists takes them into war zones?

4. Georges Bataille, famous for his studies of the erotic, kept which of the following images on his desk?

5. Sontag claims that the model for public space in modern society is which of the following?

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