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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. According to Sontag, the idea that less people are reacting to news of atrocity is probably which of the following?
(a) Not true.
(b) Somewhat true.
(c) Regrettably true.
(d) Painfully true.

2. Modern society, Sontag argues, is a "society of _______".
(a) Shock.
(b) Sheep.
(c) Spectacle.
(d) Sympathy.

3. Sontag notes that although museums remembering atrocities are common practice, there is no museum in the United States dedicated to which of the following atrocities?
(a) The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
(b) The German Holocaust.
(c) The American slave trade.
(d) The massacre of the Native Americans.

4. According to Sontag, if one feels sympathy for the victims of suffering, it helps ensure that one cannot be ___________.
(a) Responsible for or complicit in the suffering.
(b) An objective observer.
(c) A heartless bystander.
(d) A sadistic voyeur.

5. Sontag criticizes American portrayals of U.S. military strategy, saying that war museums do not emphasize which of the following?
(a) U.S. defeat in battle.
(b) War crimes committed by United States officers.
(c) The victims of U.S. military force.
(d) U.S. use of disproportionate fire power.

Short Answer Questions

1. For Sontag, the impression that there are more news of atrocity is probably which of the following?

2. 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?

3. Sontag suggests that, for the most part, photographs received more serious attention when placed in which of the following scenarios?

4. Sontag cites the Japanese narrative "Chushingura" in which the protagonist stops to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms one last time before committing ritual suicide as an example of which kind of shocking art?

5. How many soldiers did Wall's photograph depict?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Sontag, how does Goya's "The Disasters of War" differ from most depictions of mutilated and tortured bodies?

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

3. 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?

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

5. 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?

6. 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.

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

8. Ultimately, Sontag notes that to discuss the desensitization of all television viewers is a provincial move, at best. Why does she argue this?

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

10. Sontag discusses two widespread ideas about the influence of photography. What is the first idea? Discuss it including one example.

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