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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

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

3. Sontag claims that the model for public space in modern society is which of the following?
(a) The classroom.
(b) The mega-store.
(c) The memorial.
(d) The debate hall.

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

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

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

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

8. Which of the following is NOT one of the adjectives Sontag uses to describe the indescribable experience of war?
(a) Exhilerating.
(b) Normal.
(c) Terrifying.
(d) Dreadful.

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

10. 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.

11. 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 is perennially performed, but which achieves less of a reaction with each performance.
(b) The type which is often underestimated for its emotional impact.
(c) The type which is only relative to a particular culture, and thus has little effect on outsiders.
(d) The type which, through the narrative form of pathos, continually induces emotional reactions.

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

13. 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) The Passion of Christ.
(c) Descent from the Cross.
(d) The Last Supper.

14. Which of the following does Sontag suggest is an ethical act?
(a) Fighting.
(b) Mourning.
(c) Remembering.
(d) Loving.

15. What sentiment concludes the book?
(a) Photographs of atrocities must be endured.
(b) The horror of war is unimaginable.
(c) War photography should be banned.
(d) War is inevitable.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Sontag claim as our only connection with the dead?

3. "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?

4. According to Sontag, if one feels sympathy for the victims of suffering, it helps ensure that one cannot be ___________.

5. Although images were more prevalent, which of the following was NOT also true?

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