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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sontag lists three impulses which may be satisfied by viewing images of atrocities. Which of the following is NOT one of them?
(a) "To steel oneself against weakness".
(b) "To make onself more numb".
(c) "To acknowledge the existence of the incorrigible".
(d) "To force oneself to face taboo".

2. According to Sontag, a person who fails to recognize that people are capable of committing atrocities has failed to achieve which of the following?
(a) Psychological or moral adulthood.
(b) Intellectual development.
(c) Realistic perspective.
(d) Emotional security.

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

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

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

6. 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.

7. Contemporary society, at the time Sontag wrote the book, unanimously witnessed a rise of which of the following in the media?
(a) Violence and sadism.
(b) Sadism and sexuality.
(c) Violence and sexuality.
(d) War protest.

8. Which of the following photographers exhibited photographs of Sarajevo in 1994?
(a) Jeff Wall.
(b) Frederick Wiseman.
(c) Paul Lowe.
(d) Larisa Shepitko.

9. It was generally thought that public awareness was largely guided by which of the following?
(a) Educational programming.
(b) Media coverage.
(c) Book industry.
(d) Government propaganda.

10. Sontag claims that some photographs which are "repulsive" can also ________.
(a) Shock.
(b) Silence.
(c) Impress.
(d) Allure.

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

12. In transforming an event or person into something that can be owned, photographs:
(a) Elevate.
(b) Degrade.
(c) Objectify.
(d) Commoditize.

13. When Baudelaire expressed his concerns about the effects of the newspaper in 1860, which of the following was true?
(a) Newspapers had begun to sensationalize headlines.
(b) Newspapers had recently become more widely available to the public.
(c) Newspapers had begun printing images alongside the stories.
(d) Newspapers did NOT yet print images.

14. For Sontag, the impression that there are more news of atrocity is probably which of the following?
(a) An obnoxious overstatement.
(b) An illusion.
(c) A regrettable truth.
(d) An accurate perception.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is an account of a man's last hours before his execution at the guillotine?

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

3. Sontag suggests that to make peace is to do which of the following?

4. Sontag suggests that photographs do NOT ask which of the following tasks of the viewers?

5. Andy Warhol silk screened which of the following images of war as his only direct statement about the atrocity of war?

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