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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. It was generally thought that public awareness was largely guided by which of the following?
(a) Media coverage.
(b) Educational programming.
(c) Book industry.
(d) Government propaganda.

2. Diorama, tableaux and wax exhibits served which of the following purposes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?
(a) Forms of war protest.
(b) Forms of history-as-display.
(c) Forms of artistic expression.
(d) Forms of entertainment.

3. According to Sontag, people are less responsive to images of violence in which of the following contexts?
(a) Armed conflicts amassing the deaths of military personnel.
(b) Times of relative peace in one's home nation.
(c) Instances of mass casualty.
(d) Times of seemingly unending war.

4. Sontag corrects her earlier argument by claiming that which of the following is eroded by modern media saturation?
(a) Human decency.
(b) Sense of urgency.
(c) Sense of reality.
(d) Human empathy.

5. Although Sontag is pessimistic about the broad effects of atrocity photographs, she did mention one positive outcome. What was it?
(a) Some people may still be persuaded by images of suffering.
(b) Images continually educate people in how to behave humanely.
(c) The individual may come to a deeper understanding of the evil people may inflict.
(d) The victims of atrocities may soemtimes feel that their suffering is not in vain.

Short Answer Questions

1. Modern society, Sontag argues, is a "society of _______".

2. At the time Sontag wrote the book, many felt what which of the following made atrocity photographs immoral?

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

4. _______ is a modern development in camera use.

5. Concerned with the public health risk posed by cigarette smoking, officials in which country suggested that images of black lungs, damaged hearts or periodontal disease be included on the warning label for tobacco products?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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.

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

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

5. Sontag claims that a book is still the best medium for circulating images of atrocity. Name the three reasons she provides.

6. 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?

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

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

9. How does our contemporary view of suffering differ from earlier, more traditional Western views?

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

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