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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. Sontag suggests that Plato anticipated which of the following psychological models?
(a) Jung's archetypes.
(b) Skinner's box.
(c) Freud's id, ego and superego.
(d) Pavlov's classical conditioning.

2. Sebastiao Salgado's work called "Migrations: Humanity in Transition" was often criticized as being:
(a) "Melodramatic."
(b) "Generalizing."
(c) "Exploitative."
(d) "Cinematic."

3. Sontag claims in Chapter 6 that, despite historical evidence to the contrary, we have come to see which of the following as the natural state of being?
(a) War.
(b) Uncertainty.
(c) Fear.
(d) Peace.

4. 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) War tourism.
(b) War voyeurism.
(c) Atrocity tourism.
(d) Conflict exploitation.

5. A famous campaign for Benetton used which of the following images in its advertising?
(a) A wounded German soldier.
(b) The barbed wire from Warsaw.
(c) A dead Croatian soldier's bloody shirt.
(d) A concentration camp uniform.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which work of literature does Sontag cite as evidence that war was once seen as part of a man's life?

3. Sontag claims that compassion requires which of the following in order to remain?

4. Sontag suggests that to make peace is to do which of the following?

5. What is the primary message carried by images of atrocity?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Sontag contrasts the perceived number of atrocities now with the number from years ago, and makes a specific claim about the rate of atrocity. Discuss this assertion.

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

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

6. 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?

7. According to Sontag, designating a hell is not enough; yet, she suggests that this ability to name an atrocity does accomplish something. What does this accomplish? What is the point of naming an atrocity an atrocity?

8. Sontag discusses two widespread ideas about the influence of photography. Sontag notes that the second idea might seem to be the converse of the first. What is the second idea? Discuss the second idea using support from the book.

9. 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.

10. Sontag claims that there is historical evidence to suggest that, despite contemporary belief, war has always been the norm, and peace the exception to that norm. Discuss one of the examples Sontag provided.

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