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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 Dreiser novel does Sontag reference in the final chapter?
(a) "An American Tragedy."
(b) "The Crucible."
(c) "Death of a Salesman."
(d) "Sister of War."
2. Overall, Sontag seems to believe that images are ultimately which of the following?
(a) Evocative, but limited.
3. Andy Warhol silk screened which of the following images of war as his only direct statement about the atrocity of war?
(a) The barren wasteland of trench warfare.
(b) The mushroom cloud of the a-bomb.
(c) The raising of the flag at Iwo Jima.
(d) The death of the suspected Vietcong member.
4. Sontag suggests that to make peace is to do which of the following?
5. "Dead Troops Talk (A Vision After an Ambush of a Red Army Patrol near Moqor, Afghanistan, Winter 1986" was a photograph taken by which of the following types of photographer?
(a) A military photographer archiving the event for intelligence purposes.
(b) An embedded journalist.
(c) A Canadian artist attempting to envision the horrors of a distant war.
(d) A civilian bystander with a disposable camera.
Short Answer Questions
1. Sontag claims that witnessing atrocity through images is not much different than witnessing them in person. What does she say these activities had in common?
2. Sontag claims that no one has a right to which of the following?
3. According to Sontag, Wall's photograph may have been an updated version of which infamous image from the First World War?
4. Sontag argues that which of the following effects keeps the television viewer's attention "light", "mobile" and fairly "indifferent" to the images on the screen?
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. 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. Describe the scene which Sontag refers to as the first description of bodies in anguish and identify the source of this description.
3. 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?
4. How does Sontag refute claims that photography is somehow inherently more voyeuristic than other forms of observation?
5. 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?
6. Why did the people of Sarajevo object to having scenes of their war represented alongside scenes of the conflict in Somalia?
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Why is a museum, in Sontag's opinion, an inappropriate place to display atrocity photographs?
10. According to Sontag, how does Goya's "The Disasters of War" differ from most depictions of mutilated and tortured bodies?
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