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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. _______ is a classic use for the camera.
(a) Complicating.
(b) Beautifying.
(c) Uglifying.
(d) Simplifying.

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

4. Underneath feelings of apathy, Sontag contends are which of the following feelings?
(a) Frustration and rage.
(b) Sentimentality and despair.
(c) Superiority and indifference.
(d) Anger and righteousness.

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

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

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

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. "Dead Troops Talk (A Vision After an Ambush of a Red Army Patrol near Moqor, Afghanistan, Winter 1986" was a photograph taken by which of the following types of photographer?
(a) A military photographer archiving the event for intelligence purposes.
(b) An embedded journalist.
(c) A civilian bystander with a disposable camera.
(d) A Canadian artist attempting to envision the horrors of a distant war.

10. 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) Jeff Wall.
(d) Kazuo Hara.

11. Sontag suggests that, for the most part, photographs received more serious attention when placed in which of the following scenarios?
(a) Museums.
(b) Newspapers.
(c) Galleries.
(d) Books.

12. What is the primary message carried by images of atrocity?
(a) This happened.
(b) Never forget.
(c) This is wrong.
(d) We must change.

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

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

15. 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) Callousness, distance and apathy.
(b) Callousness, exploitation and distance.
(c) Ease, distance and the ability to be redirected.
(d) Ability to be redirected, callousness and ease.

Short Answer Questions

1. In transforming an event or person into something that can be owned, photographs:

2. Sontag insists that images may be ineffective; however, they do serve one basic and significant function. What is that function?

3. Which of the following does Sontag suggest is an ethical act?

4. Which of the following photographers exhibited photographs of Sarajevo in 1994?

5. At the time Sontag wrote the book, many felt what which of the following made atrocity photographs immoral?

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