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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Many of the scenes in "Saving Private Ryan" were based on works by which famous World War I photographer?
(a) Ernst Friedrich.
(b) Roger Fenton.
(c) Robert Capa.
(d) Gilles Peress.

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

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

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

5. A famous campaign for Benetton used which of the following images in its advertising?
(a) The barbed wire from Warsaw.
(b) A wounded German soldier.
(c) A concentration camp uniform.
(d) A dead Croatian soldier's bloody shirt.

6. Which two things does Sontag say seem to go together?
(a) Death and heartlessness.
(b) Amnesia and trauma.
(c) Trauma and memory.
(d) Heartlessness and amnesia.

7. 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) Image-glut.
(b) Advertising.
(c) Overload.
(d) Media coverage.

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

9. Sontag claims that shock used for rhetorical purposes can become _________.
(a) Damaging.
(b) New.
(c) Familiar.
(d) Dangerous.

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

11. Sontag notes that although museums remembering atrocities are common practice, there is no museum in the United States dedicated to which of the following atrocities?
(a) The massacre of the Native Americans.
(b) The American slave trade.
(c) The German Holocaust.
(d) The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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

13. What does Sontag claim as our only connection with the dead?
(a) Love.
(b) Memory.
(c) Images.
(d) Graves.

14. Which of the following works does Sontag site as containing the first recognition of the human fascination with mutilated bodies?
(a) Homer's "The Iliad."
(b) Plato's "The Republic."
(c) Virgil's "The Aeneid."
(d) Socrates' "Apologia."

15. Events enter the collective memory, not by a natural process of remembering but by:
(a) Government propaganda.
(b) Active designation of significance.
(c) Repeated exposure.
(d) Subconscious selection.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which Dreiser novel does Sontag reference in the final chapter?

2. According to Sontag, the idea that less people are reacting to news of atrocity is probably which of the following?

3. In order to take pleasure in suffering, Sontag argues that one must necessarily have which of the following?

4. Concerned with the public health risk posed by cigarette smoking, officials in which country suggested that images of black lungs, damaged hearts or periodontal disease be included on the warning label for tobacco products?

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

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