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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

8. Sontag writes that provocative images may have which of the following effects on viewers?
(a) Provocative images of suffering may enable a deep sense of human empathy.
(b) Provocative images of suffering may incite humanitarian actions to end exploitative actions.
(c) Provocative images may spur viewers to examine how their own privileges are possible through the suffering of others.
(d) Provocative images of suffering may compel viewers to stop subscribing to newspapers for fear of seeing more disturbing photographs.

9. Sontag claims in Chapter 6 that, despite historical evidence to the contrary, we have come to see which of the following as the natural state of being?
(a) War.
(b) Uncertainty.
(c) Peace.
(d) Fear.

10. 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 bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
(b) The German Holocaust.
(c) The massacre of the Native Americans.
(d) The American slave trade.

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

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

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

14. In transforming an event or person into something that can be owned, photographs:
(a) Commoditize.
(b) Objectify.
(c) Elevate.
(d) Degrade.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Neither compassion nor moral indignation would be enough to do which of the following?

2. Sontag claims that no one has a right to which of the following?

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?

4. In portraying horrors, Leonardo da Vinci encouraged artists to be:

5. Sontag cites one of her earlier books published in 1977. Which of the following is it?

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