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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which nation's army was represented in Wall's photograph?
(a) Soviet Union.
(b) United States.
(c) Iraq.
(d) Afghanistan.

2. Which sense did the ancient Greeks consider superior?
(a) Smell.
(b) Touch.
(c) Hearing.
(d) Sight.

3. Sontag cites the Japanese narrative "Chushingura" in which the protagonist stops to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms one last time before committing ritual suicide as an example of which kind of shocking art?
(a) The type which, through the narrative form of pathos, continually induces emotional reactions.
(b) The type which is perennially performed, but which achieves less of a reaction with each performance.
(c) The type which is only relative to a particular culture, and thus has little effect on outsiders.
(d) The type which is often underestimated for its emotional impact.

4. 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 dead Croatian soldier's bloody shirt.
(d) A concentration camp uniform.

5. Sontag suggests that, for the most part, photographs received more serious attention when placed in which of the following scenarios?
(a) Books.
(b) Newspapers.
(c) Galleries.
(d) Museums.

6. Sontag claims that compassion requires which of the following in order to remain?
(a) Belief.
(b) Evidence.
(c) Reason.
(d) Action.

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

8. 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) Plato's "The Republic."
(c) Homer's "The Iliad."
(d) Socrates' "Apologia."

9. What did Wall's photograph enable soldiers to do that they could not do in "real" life?
(a) Communicate propaganda.
(b) Glorify war.
(c) Condemn the viewer.
(d) Speak while dead.

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

11. Sontag discusses another common belief regarding media coverage of an event, and suggested that it may seem to contradict the first common belief she addresses. What is this second idea?
(a) Repeated images in the media exhaust our ability to prevent new atrocities.
(b) The media sensationalizes stories of atrocity.
(c) Overexposure to images in the media makes people callous.
(d) Limited exposure diminishes the impact the images have on an audience.

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

13. Sontag cites one of her earlier books published in 1977. Which of the following is it?
(a) "Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors."
(b) "On Photography."
(c) "Reborn."
(d) "Against Interpretation."

14. At the time Sontag wrote the book, many felt what which of the following made atrocity photographs immoral?
(a) Abstractness.
(b) Permanence.
(c) Context.
(d) Exploitation.

15. Which of the following does Sontag suggest is an ethical act?
(a) Mourning.
(b) Loving.
(c) Fighting.
(d) Remembering.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Sontag claim as our only connection with the dead?

2. 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?

3. Sontag writes that provocative images may have which of the following effects on viewers?

4. Andy Warhol silk screened which of the following images of war as his only direct statement about the atrocity of war?

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

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