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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 refutes the possibility of a suggestion she made in "On Photography". Which of the following ideas did she refute?
(a) A ban on horrific images.
(b) An abating of horrors.
(c) A placation of the public.
(d) An ecology of images.

2. 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) Atrocity tourism.
(c) War tourism.
(d) War voyeurism.

3. Which Dreiser novel does Sontag reference in the final chapter?
(a) "Sister of War."
(b) "An American Tragedy."
(c) "The Crucible."
(d) "Death of a Salesman."

4. Sontag claims that Bataille could see extreme pain as a form of __________.
(a) Deification.
(b) Erotic pleasure.
(c) Transfiguration.
(d) Sadomasochism.

5. Sontag begins Chapter 9 with which of the following assertions?
(a) Anti-war imagery is futile.
(b) Designating an atrocity merely labels the victims..
(c) Merely naming an atrocity does nothing to remedy the situation or save its victims.
(d) Images of war do little to help us understand the circumstances of war.

Short Answer Questions

1. "Without Sanctuary" was a book of photographs taken of which of the following atrocities?

2. Sontag corrects her earlier argument by claiming that which of the following is eroded by modern media saturation?

3. According to Sontag, if one feels sympathy for the victims of suffering, it helps ensure that one cannot be ___________.

4. Overall, Sontag seems to believe that images are ultimately which of the following?

5. Which of the following thinkers argued that people take "no small" delight in witnessing the suffering of others?

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 a difference between finding beauty in artistic representations of war and finding beauty in photographs of war. What is the difference?

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

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

5. Sontag discusses the emergence of apathy and cynicism toward war. According to her discussion, what feeling underlies cynicism about war and atrocity? What is the purpose of this cynicism?

6. What does Sontag mean when she said that photographs transform?

7. Discuss Sontag's assertion that some images serve as memento mori. What does she mean? How do they serve this purpose?

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

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

10. 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.

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