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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How many soldiers did Wall's photograph depict?
(a) Thirteen.
(b) Three.
(c) Five.
(d) Twelve.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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. defeat in battle.
(c) U.S. use of disproportionate fire power.
(d) War crimes committed by United States officers.

10. 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) Transform it to something beautiful.
(c) Capture the unseen in it.
(d) Degrade it to something consumable.

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

12. 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) An objective observer.
(d) Responsible for or complicit in the suffering.

13. Many of the scenes in "Saving Private Ryan" were based on works by which famous World War I photographer?
(a) Roger Fenton.
(b) Gilles Peress.
(c) Ernst Friedrich.
(d) Robert Capa.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Diorama, tableaux and wax exhibits served which of the following purposes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?

2. 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?

3. Sontag argues that many people thought that which of the following makes war seem "real"?

4. What does Sontag claim as our only connection with the dead?

5. For Sontag, the impression that there are more news of atrocity is probably which of the following?

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