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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. Which antiwar book which shows images from German military archives does Sontag reference?
(a) The Face of War.
(b) Krieg dem Kriege!
(c) Three Guinneas.
(d) J'accuse.

2. The first war photographer, whose work garnered him the position as "official photographer" of the Crimean War, was which of the following?
(a) Edmund Gosse.
(b) Ernst Friedrich.
(c) Robert Capa.
(d) Roger Fenton.

3. Sontag observes that "Here Is New York" had no need for captions, but suggests that:
(a) The photographers complained that their work did not receive proper explanation.
(b) Many visitors were offended by the images they saw because they did not have a caption to explain them.
(c) One day, they will be necessary for those who did not experience the tragedy.
(d) Many people misunderstood the images.

4. Sontag suggests that the camera always "kept company with _________".
(a) Life.
(b) Art.
(c) Death.
(d) War.

5. Sontag compares the desire for images of people in pain to which other recurrent type of image?
(a) Images of natural disasters.
(b) Images of happiness.
(c) Images of love.
(d) Images of nude bodies.

Short Answer Questions

1. In its early days, photography was thought to:

2. Fenton received directions from the War Office to do which of the following?

3. According to Sontag, photographs of atrocities are best received if they are:

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

5. Sontag describes the way people experienced televised images of war in their own homes as which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Sontag compared the photograph to a maxim or a proverb. Explain this comparison. What does it tell us about the nature or impact of photographs?

2. Why is a museum, in Sontag's opinion, an inappropriate place to display atrocity photographs?

3. Sontag stated that the photographer's intentions do not determine the message of the photograph. Discuss the contributing factors which influence the reception of photographs in the media.

4. Sontag proposes that perhaps we place too much value on memory. What does she mean? Why does she posit this?

5. Sontag agrees with Woolf's assertion that the educated class has failed to understand war. How is this a failure of empathy or imagination?

6. Why did the people of Sarajevo object to having scenes of their war represented alongside scenes of the conflict in Somalia?

7. How does Sontag refute claims that photography is somehow inherently more voyeuristic than other forms of observation?

8. According to Sontag, how does a photograph in the news media differ from a written account? How does the audience change?

9. Sontag asserted that "cameras have always kept company with death." What did she mean by this assertion?

10. Discuss the significance of the Magnum Photo Agency, founded in Paris in 1947. What was the group initially founded to do? How did they influence the development of photojournalism?

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