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

2. 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.

3. For Sontag, the impression that there are more news of atrocity is probably which of the following?
(a) A regrettable truth.
(b) An accurate perception.
(c) An illusion.
(d) An obnoxious overstatement.

4. Sebastiao Salgado's work called "Migrations: Humanity in Transition" was often criticized as being:
(a) "Generalizing."
(b) "Cinematic."
(c) "Melodramatic."
(d) "Exploitative."

5. Which of the following phrases does Sontag use to refer to items which allow us to remember or think on death?
(a) Photography.
(b) Memorabilia.
(c) Emblems of suffering.
(d) Memento mori.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Sontag claims that there is no way to guarantee which of the following?

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?

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

5. Sontag discusses another common belief regarding media coverage of an event, and suggested that it may seem to contradict the first common belief she addresses. What is this second idea?

Short Essay Questions

1. In her discussion of the emotional impact of artistic renderings of suffering, Sontag referrs to Kabuki or Bunraku plays. What are these plays? Why does Sontag include this example?

2. 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?

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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