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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. _______ is a modern development in camera use.
(a) Beautifying.
(b) Complicating.
(c) Uglifying.
(d) Simplifying.

5. Sontag argues that many people thought that which of the following makes war seem "real"?
(a) Movies.
(b) Books.
(c) Photographs.
(d) Proximity.

6. Although Sontag is pessimistic about the broad effects of atrocity photographs, she did mention one positive outcome. What was it?
(a) The individual may come to a deeper understanding of the evil people may inflict.
(b) The victims of atrocities may soemtimes feel that their suffering is not in vain.
(c) Some people may still be persuaded by images of suffering.
(d) Images continually educate people in how to behave humanely.

7. Sontag insists that images may be ineffective; however, they do serve one basic and significant function. What is that function?
(a) Images inoculate us to the effects of atrocity.
(b) Images provide representation for the victims, no matter how flawed.
(c) Images provide moral education.
(d) Images remind us that humans are capable of causing great pain.

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

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

10. Using the example of Ground Zero, Sontag argues that photographs have the power to do which of the following to their subject?
(a) Capture the unseen in it.
(b) Elevate it to something venerable.
(c) Transform it to something beautiful.
(d) Degrade it to something consumable.

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

12. For Sontag, the impression that there are more news of atrocity is probably which of the following?
(a) An obnoxious overstatement.
(b) A regrettable truth.
(c) An accurate perception.
(d) An illusion.

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

14. "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 military photographer archiving the event for intelligence purposes.
(d) A Canadian artist attempting to envision the horrors of a distant war.

15. Sontag corrects her earlier argument by claiming that which of the following is eroded by modern media saturation?
(a) Sense of urgency.
(b) Human empathy.
(c) Sense of reality.
(d) Human decency.

Short Answer Questions

1. Overall, Sontag seems to believe that images are ultimately which of the following?

2. Which of the following is an account of a man's last hours before his execution at the guillotine?

3. Discussing the common person's ability to feel sympathy, Sontag argues which of the following?

4. Sontag suggests that Plato anticipated which of the following psychological models?

5. "Without Sanctuary" was a book of photographs taken of which of the following atrocities?

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