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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 Last Supper.
(c) The Pieta.
(d) Descent from the Cross.

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

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

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

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

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

7. Sontag suggests that Plato anticipated which of the following psychological models?
(a) Jung's archetypes.
(b) Freud's id, ego and superego.
(c) Pavlov's classical conditioning.
(d) Skinner's box.

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

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

10. In order to take pleasure in suffering, Sontag argues that one must necessarily have which of the following?
(a) Deep seated feelings of misanthropy.
(b) A sadistic streak characteristic of serial killers.
(c) Distance from the source of suffering.
(d) A sense of moral or intellectual superiority.

11. 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) Exploitative and perverse.
(c) Cruel and unusual.
(d) Vulgar and low.

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

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

14. According to Sontag, people are less responsive to images of violence in which of the following contexts?
(a) Armed conflicts amassing the deaths of military personnel.
(b) Instances of mass casualty.
(c) Times of relative peace in one's home nation.
(d) Times of seemingly unending war.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. It was generally thought that public awareness was largely guided by which of the following?

2. Sontag claims that there is no way to guarantee which of the following?

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

4. 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?

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

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