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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sontag presents her own objection to Salgado's "Migrations." Why does Sontag criticize Salgado's work?
(a) He reprinted images of refugees without their consent, display a disregard for their rights.
(b) He profited greatly from the exhibition of the photographs while the subjects received nothing.
(c) He staged many of the photographs to create more dramatic depictions of human agony.
(d) He generalized different social and political situations under the anonymous umbrella of suffering.

2. Which sense did the ancient Greeks consider superior?
(a) Touch.
(b) Sight.
(c) Smell.
(d) Hearing.

3. 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) Jeff Wall.
(b) Kazuo Hara.
(c) Theodore Dreiser.
(d) Larisa Shepitko.

4. In order to take pleasure in suffering, Sontag argues that one must necessarily have which of the following?
(a) Distance from the source of suffering.
(b) A sadistic streak characteristic of serial killers.
(c) A sense of moral or intellectual superiority.
(d) Deep seated feelings of misanthropy.

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

6. Which of the following terms does Sontag define as a commonly used term for those whose profession like journalists takes them into war zones?
(a) War voyeurism.
(b) Conflict exploitation.
(c) War tourism.
(d) Atrocity tourism.

7. Which of the following thinkers argued that people take "no small" delight in witnessing the suffering of others?
(a) Plato.
(b) Renee Descartes.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Edmund Burke.

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

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

10. Sontag claims that Bataille could see extreme pain as a form of __________.
(a) Erotic pleasure.
(b) Sadomasochism.
(c) Deification.
(d) Transfiguration.

11. 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.

12. According to Sontag, people are less responsive to images of violence in which of the following contexts?
(a) Armed conflicts amassing the deaths of military personnel.
(b) Times of seemingly unending war.
(c) Times of relative peace in one's home nation.
(d) Instances of mass casualty.

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

14. Overall, Sontag seems to believe that images are ultimately which of the following?
(a) Evocative, but limited.
(b) Dangerous.
(c) Powerful.
(d) Frightening.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Events enter the collective memory, not by a natural process of remembering but by:

2. Which of the following phrases does Sontag use to refer to items which allow us to remember or think on death?

3. Modern society, Sontag argues, is a "society of _______".

4. Using the example of Ground Zero, Sontag argues that photographs have the power to do which of the following to their subject?

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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