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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. Which of the following is NOT one of the adjectives Sontag uses to describe the indescribable experience of war?
(a) Normal.
(b) Exhilerating.
(c) Terrifying.
(d) Dreadful.

3. 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) Distance from the source of suffering.
(c) A sense of moral or intellectual superiority.
(d) Deep seated feelings of misanthropy.

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

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

6. Which of the following photographers exhibited photographs of Sarajevo in 1994?
(a) Jeff Wall.
(b) Larisa Shepitko.
(c) Paul Lowe.
(d) Frederick Wiseman.

7. Sontag criticizes American portrayals of U.S. military strategy, saying that war museums do not emphasize which of the following?
(a) U.S. defeat in battle.
(b) War crimes committed by United States officers.
(c) U.S. use of disproportionate fire power.
(d) The victims of U.S. military force.

8. Modern society, Sontag argues, is a "society of _______".
(a) Sheep.
(b) Shock.
(c) Spectacle.
(d) Sympathy.

9. Sontag claims that Bataille could see extreme pain as a form of __________.
(a) Deification.
(b) Erotic pleasure.
(c) Sadomasochism.
(d) Transfiguration.

10. Overall, Sontag seems to believe that images are ultimately which of the following?
(a) Frightening.
(b) Powerful.
(c) Evocative, but limited.
(d) Dangerous.

11. Sontag claims that sentimentality is often accompanied by which of the following?
(a) A proclivity for brutality.
(b) A maudlin reaction to stories of war.
(c) A fervid religious commitment.
(d) A tendency toward hypocrisy.

12. Recounting a conversation with a Sarajevan woman, Sontag claims that when people are safe, they will feel which of the following toward atrocities committed abroad?
(a) Indifference.
(b) Delight.
(c) Arousal.
(d) Outrage.

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

14. Underneath feelings of apathy, Sontag contends are which of the following feelings?
(a) Sentimentality and despair.
(b) Superiority and indifference.
(c) Anger and righteousness.
(d) Frustration and rage.

15. Sontag cites William Hazlitt's claim that sympathy is no more a part of human nature than is which of the following?
(a) Fear of pain.
(b) Fear of death.
(c) Love of power.
(d) Love of cruelty.

Short Answer Questions

1. "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?

2. Which of the following best describes the "CNN effect" as discussed by Sontag?

3. Which two things does Sontag say seem to go together?

4. According to Sontag, a person who fails to recognize that people are capable of committing atrocities has failed to achieve which of the following?

5. Sontag refutes the possibility of a suggestion she made in "On Photography". Which of the following ideas did she refute?

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