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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Andy Warhol silk screened which of the following images of war as his only direct statement about the atrocity of war?
(a) The death of the suspected Vietcong member.
(b) The barren wasteland of trench warfare.
(c) The raising of the flag at Iwo Jima.
(d) The mushroom cloud of the a-bomb.

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

3. 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) Larisa Shepitko.
(c) Theodore Dreiser.
(d) Jeff Wall.

4. Sontag claims that some photographs which are "repulsive" can also ________.
(a) Impress.
(b) Silence.
(c) Shock.
(d) Allure.

5. In discussing images that remind us of death, Sontag references a particular 1943 photograph. What is the subject of this photograph?
(a) A little boy in the Warsaw Ghetto.
(b) The empty trenches.
(c) The mushroom clouds.
(d) The collapsed Twin Towers.

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

7. Sarajevans were angered by a photography exhibit which featured photographs of their suffering alongside images of which other country's people?
(a) Somalia.
(b) Rhodesia.
(c) Bulgaria.
(d) Bosnia.

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

9. Sontag argues that which of the following effects keeps the television viewer's attention "light", "mobile" and fairly "indifferent" to the images on the screen?
(a) Overload.
(b) Advertising.
(c) Image-glut.
(d) Media coverage.

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

11. Diorama, tableaux and wax exhibits served which of the following purposes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?
(a) Forms of history-as-display.
(b) Forms of entertainment.
(c) Forms of war protest.
(d) Forms of artistic expression.

12. "Without Sanctuary" was a book of photographs taken of which of the following atrocities?
(a) Lynchings of black Americans in the 1930s.
(b) The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
(c) The Rwanda atrocities.
(d) Japanese internment in the U.S.

13. Sontag lists three impulses which may be satisfied by viewing images of atrocities. Which of the following is NOT one of them?
(a) "To force oneself to face taboo".
(b) "To make onself more numb".
(c) "To acknowledge the existence of the incorrigible".
(d) "To steel oneself against weakness".

14. Georges Bataille, famous for his studies of the erotic, kept which of the following images on his desk?
(a) A photograph of the Chinese torture "the death of a hundred cuts".
(b) A photograph of the statue of David.
(c) A famous pornographic image, taken in late19th century France.
(d) A painting of the bombing of Guernica.

15. 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 did NOT yet print images.
(c) Newspapers had begun to sensationalize headlines.
(d) Newspapers had begun printing images alongside the stories.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag corrects her earlier argument by claiming that which of the following is eroded by modern media saturation?

2. Sontag presents her own objection to Salgado's "Migrations." Why does Sontag criticize Salgado's work?

3. Which of the following phrases does Sontag use to refer to items which allow us to remember or think on death?

4. Recounting a conversation with a Sarajevan woman, Sontag claims that when people are safe, they will feel which of the following toward atrocities committed abroad?

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

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