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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Sontag, _________ also influences the public's perception of war.
(a) Hollywood.
(b) Education.
(c) Government policies.
(d) Anti-war sentiment.

2. Fenton received directions from the War Office to do which of the following?
(a) Avoid photographing the ill, wounded, dying and dead.
(b) Glorify war through patriotic images.
(c) Generate propaganda for Britain.
(d) Graphically depict the horrors of war.

3. The Brady group's approach to war photography differed from Fenton's approach in which of the following ways?
(a) The Brady group was not commissioned by the government, while Fenton was.
(b) The Brady group was commissioned by the government, while Fenton was not.
(c) The Brady group photographed the war without government permission, while Fenton had permission for his work.
(d) The Brady group had permission to access the fields, while Fenton did not.

4. According to Sontag, anti-war sentiment:
(a) Produced peace.
(b) Was considered treasonous.
(c) Overcame the militarized frenzy of the war years.
(d) Emerged in the arts across Europe after World War I.

5. Although the camera captures the scene in front of it, Sontag suggests that the ______ may manipulate the image.
(a) Editor.
(b) Photographer.
(c) Press.
(d) Media.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag argues that witnessing war atrocities from afar is a unique experience characteristic of:

2. Sontag mentions many factors which influence the way audiences receive war photography. Which of the following was NOT one of those factors?

3. The media may inform the public of war crimes and atrocities, but often fails to capture the:

4. How many images did the "Here Is New York" exhibit originally receive?

5. The first war photographer, whose work garnered him the position as "official photographer" of the Crimean War, was which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unusual about Wall's "Dead Troops Talk (A Vision After an Ambush of a Red Army Patrol near Moqor, Afghanistan, Winter 1986)?" Discuss two aspects of the work that separate it from others like it.

2. Although there are more images broadcast, Sontag suggests that the human response to suffering is relatively unchanged. Discuss Sontag's views on our capacity for dealing with suffering.

3. Explain the significance of Jacques Callot's 1633 series of etchings titled "Les Miseres et les Malheurs de la Guerra" (The Miseries and Misfortunes of War). Why did Sontag discuss this work?

4. In her discussion of the emotional impact of artistic renderings of suffering, Sontag referrs to Kabuki or Bunraku plays. What are these plays? Why does Sontag include this example?

5. Discuss the reaction of the British public to the image of trenches of unburied bodies taken 10 days after a British defeat during the Boer War. What does this reaction say about the sensibility of the public?

6. Sontag suggests that there is a rise of sadism in contemporary culture. Discuss this assertion using specific examples.

7. According to Sontag, do people prefer artistic renderings or straight-forward representations of atrocities? Why?

8. Why does Sontag say that "it is not necessarily better to be moved?" Discuss the negative aspects of sentimentality.

9. Why does Sontag refer to the argument that image-glut desensitizes us to images of suffering as "conservative"?

10. Discuss one way in which the development of technology during and after the Vietnam War has affected the veracity of photographs.

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