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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. Neither compassion nor moral indignation would be enough to do which of the following?
(a) End violence.
(b) Stop suffering.
(c) Motivate action.
(d) Inspire change.

2. In discussing images that remind us of death, Sontag references a particular 1943 photograph. What is the subject of this photograph?
(a) A little boy in the Warsaw Ghetto.
(b) The mushroom clouds.
(c) The collapsed Twin Towers.
(d) The empty trenches.

3. Which of the following terms does Sontag define as a commonly used term for those whose profession like journalists takes them into war zones?
(a) Conflict exploitation.
(b) War tourism.
(c) Atrocity tourism.
(d) War voyeurism.

4. Although images were more prevalent, which of the following was NOT also true?
(a) Humanity became oversensitive to images of suffering.
(b) People's understanding of atrocity increased.
(c) The human capacity to absorb the images of suffering increased.
(d) People's reactions to the images were greater.

5. _______ is a modern development in camera use.
(a) Simplifying.
(b) Complicating.
(c) Beautifying.
(d) Uglifying.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following photographers exhibited photographs of Sarajevo in 1994?

2. Although Sontag is pessimistic about the broad effects of atrocity photographs, she did mention one positive outcome. What was it?

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

4. Many of the scenes in "Saving Private Ryan" were based on works by which famous World War I photographer?

5. Which of the following is NOT one of the adjectives Sontag uses to describe the indescribable experience of war?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Discuss the significance of the photograph's intended purpose. If a photograph is intended to convey a message, but because of the context in which it is displayed does not, is the photograph still successful?

4. According to Sontag, why is there no museum dedicated to the victims of the slave trade?

5. Sontag discusses Sebastiao Salgado's series entitled "Migrations: Humanity in Transition" and points out one very problematic effect of the series. Discuss this effect.

6. Sontag asserts that many people become frustrated by their inability to act on the images of suffering they see in the media. What does this frustration often become?

7. Describe the scene which Sontag refers to as the first description of bodies in anguish and identify the source of this description.

8. 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.

9. Sontag claims that there is a difference between finding beauty in artistic representations of war and finding beauty in photographs of war. What is the difference?

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

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