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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. Which of the following poets expressed concerns about the effect of national-scale events on human sensibility in 1800?
(a) Eliot.
(b) Wordsworth.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Pound.

4. 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) Emotional security.
(d) Realistic perspective.

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

6. Sontag suggests that to make peace is to do which of the following?
(a) Remember.
(b) Forget.
(c) Understand.
(d) Forgive.

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

8. In portraying horrors, Leonardo da Vinci encouraged artists to be:
(a) Sensitive.
(b) Pitiless.
(c) Cautious.
(d) Restrained.

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

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

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

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

13. Sontag refutes the possibility of a suggestion she made in "On Photography". Which of the following ideas did she refute?
(a) A ban on horrific images.
(b) A placation of the public.
(c) An ecology of images.
(d) An abating of horrors.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In discussing images that remind us of death, Sontag references a particular 1943 photograph. What is the subject of this photograph?

2. What is the primary message carried by images of atrocity?

3. Sontag lists three impulses which may be satisfied by viewing images of atrocities. Which of the following is NOT one of them?

4. Sontag claims that no one has a right to which of the following?

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

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