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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

6. Sontag argues that journalists who photograph war are often received with resistance. She suggests that the desire to capture images of suffering is often described in which of the following ways?
(a) Cruel and torturous.
(b) Vulgar and low.
(c) Cruel and unusual.
(d) Exploitative and perverse.

7. Neither compassion nor moral indignation would be enough to do which of the following?
(a) Inspire change.
(b) End violence.
(c) Motivate action.
(d) Stop suffering.

8. Sontag writes that provocative images may have which of the following effects on viewers?
(a) Provocative images may spur viewers to examine how their own privileges are possible through the suffering of others.
(b) Provocative images of suffering may enable a deep sense of human empathy.
(c) Provocative images of suffering may incite humanitarian actions to end exploitative actions.
(d) Provocative images of suffering may compel viewers to stop subscribing to newspapers for fear of seeing more disturbing photographs.

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

10. 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.

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

12. "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 civilian bystander with a disposable camera.
(b) An embedded journalist.
(c) A Canadian artist attempting to envision the horrors of a distant war.
(d) A military photographer archiving the event for intelligence purposes.

13. Sontag cites the Japanese narrative "Chushingura" in which the protagonist stops to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms one last time before committing ritual suicide as an example of which kind of shocking art?
(a) The type which, through the narrative form of pathos, continually induces emotional reactions.
(b) The type which is perennially performed, but which achieves less of a reaction with each performance.
(c) The type which is often underestimated for its emotional impact.
(d) The type which is only relative to a particular culture, and thus has little effect on outsiders.

14. Although images were more prevalent, which of the following was NOT also true?
(a) People's understanding of atrocity increased.
(b) People's reactions to the images were greater.
(c) The human capacity to absorb the images of suffering increased.
(d) Humanity became oversensitive to images of suffering.

15. According to Sontag, the idea that less people are reacting to news of atrocity is probably which of the following?
(a) Not true.
(b) Somewhat true.
(c) Regrettably true.
(d) Painfully true.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following works does Sontag site as containing the first recognition of the human fascination with mutilated bodies?

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

3. How many soldiers did Wall's photograph depict?

4. Sontag criticizes American portrayals of U.S. military strategy, saying that war museums do not emphasize which of the following?

5. Sontag claims that sentimentality is often accompanied by which of the following?

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