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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. What does Sontag claim as our only connection with the dead?
(a) Images.
(b) Graves.
(c) Love.
(d) Memory.

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

3. Which of the following produced a documentary about a "deranged" Pacific war veteran who drives the streets of Tokyo speaking against Japanese war crimes?
(a) Kazuo Hara.
(b) Jeff Wall.
(c) Larisa Shepitko.
(d) Theodore Dreiser.

4. Sontag lists three impulses which may be satisfied by viewing images of atrocities. Which of the following is NOT one of them?
(a) "To force oneself to face taboo".
(b) "To make onself more numb".
(c) "To acknowledge the existence of the incorrigible".
(d) "To steel oneself against weakness".

5. In transforming an event or person into something that can be owned, photographs:
(a) Degrade.
(b) Commoditize.
(c) Objectify.
(d) Elevate.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. A famous campaign for Benetton used which of the following images in its advertising?

3. Sontag claims that compassion requires which of the following in order to remain?

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?

5. Diorama, tableaux and wax exhibits served which of the following purposes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. Sontag proposes that perhaps we place too much value on memory. What does she mean? Why does she posit this?

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

6. 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.

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

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

9. 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.

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

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