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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which nation's army was represented in Wall's photograph?
(a) Soviet Union.
(b) United States.
(c) Iraq.
(d) Afghanistan.

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?
(a) Atrocity tourism.
(b) Conflict exploitation.
(c) War voyeurism.
(d) War tourism.

4. Although Sontag is pessimistic about the broad effects of atrocity photographs, she did mention one positive outcome. What was it?
(a) Images continually educate people in how to behave humanely.
(b) The victims of atrocities may soemtimes feel that their suffering is not in vain.
(c) The individual may come to a deeper understanding of the evil people may inflict.
(d) Some people may still be persuaded by images of suffering.

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

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

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

8. Sontag cites William Hazlitt's claim that sympathy is no more a part of human nature than is which of the following?
(a) Fear of pain.
(b) Fear of death.
(c) Love of cruelty.
(d) Love of power.

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

10. Sontag claims that witnessing atrocity through images is not much different than witnessing them in person. What does she say these activities had in common?
(a) Ease, distance and the ability to be redirected.
(b) Callousness, exploitation and distance.
(c) Callousness, distance and apathy.
(d) Ability to be redirected, callousness and ease.

11. A famous campaign for Benetton used which of the following images in its advertising?
(a) A dead Croatian soldier's bloody shirt.
(b) A wounded German soldier.
(c) The barbed wire from Warsaw.
(d) A concentration camp uniform.

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

13. Which of the following best describes the "CNN effect" as discussed by Sontag?
(a) Extensive media coverage directly affected local politics.
(b) Distorted media coverage misleads the public.
(c) Media coverage lead to the sentiment that something must be done.
(d) Outrageous media coverage lead to a backlash against the media.

14. Sontag claims that no one has a right to which of the following?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Sympathy.
(c) Bliss.
(d) Ignorance.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Sontag claims that some photographs which are "repulsive" can also ________.

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

5. _______ is a classic use for the camera.

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