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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. How many soldiers did Wall's photograph depict?
(a) Twelve.
(b) Five.
(c) Three.
(d) Thirteen.

2. "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 Canadian artist attempting to envision the horrors of a distant war.
(b) A military photographer archiving the event for intelligence purposes.
(c) A civilian bystander with a disposable camera.
(d) An embedded journalist.

3. "Without Sanctuary" was a book of photographs taken of which of the following atrocities?
(a) The Rwanda atrocities.
(b) Japanese internment in the U.S.
(c) Lynchings of black Americans in the 1930s.
(d) The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.

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?
(a) Image-glut.
(b) Media coverage.
(c) Advertising.
(d) Overload.

5. Which of the following thinkers argued that people take "no small" delight in witnessing the suffering of others?
(a) Aristotle.
(b) Edmund Burke.
(c) Plato.
(d) Renee Descartes.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following poets expressed concerns about the effect of national-scale events on human sensibility in 1800?

2. According to Sontag, a person who fails to recognize that people are capable of committing atrocities has failed to achieve which of the following?

3. The West had a long tradition of viewing war as which of the following?

4. _______ is a modern development in camera use.

5. Sontag argues that journalists who photograph war are often received with resistance. She suggests that the desire to capture images of suffering is often described in which of the following ways?

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. Sontag suggests that Wall's work affirms the normalcy of war. How so?

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

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

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

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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?

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

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

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