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

2. Sontag presents her own objection to Salgado's "Migrations." Why does Sontag criticize Salgado's work?
(a) He staged many of the photographs to create more dramatic depictions of human agony.
(b) He generalized different social and political situations under the anonymous umbrella of suffering.
(c) He reprinted images of refugees without their consent, display a disregard for their rights.
(d) He profited greatly from the exhibition of the photographs while the subjects received nothing.

3. In portraying horrors, Leonardo da Vinci encouraged artists to be:
(a) Pitiless.
(b) Cautious.
(c) Sensitive.
(d) Restrained.

4. 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?
(a) Cruel and torturous.
(b) Vulgar and low.
(c) Cruel and unusual.
(d) Exploitative and perverse.

5. Neither compassion nor moral indignation would be enough to do which of the following?
(a) Motivate action.
(b) End violence.
(c) Inspire change.
(d) Stop suffering.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Which two things does Sontag say seem to go together?

4. Which nation's army was represented in Wall's photograph?

5. Sontag suggests that to make peace is to do which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

5. Although there are more images broadcast, Sontag suggests that the human response to suffering is relatively unchanged. Discuss Sontag's views on our capacity for dealing with suffering.

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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