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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. Sontag suggests that Plato anticipated which of the following psychological models?
(a) Pavlov's classical conditioning.
(b) Jung's archetypes.
(c) Freud's id, ego and superego.
(d) Skinner's box.

2. Which of the following is NOT one of the adjectives Sontag uses to describe the indescribable experience of war?
(a) Normal.
(b) Dreadful.
(c) Exhilerating.
(d) Terrifying.

3. Recounting a conversation with a Sarajevan woman, Sontag claims that when people are safe, they will feel which of the following toward atrocities committed abroad?
(a) Arousal.
(b) Indifference.
(c) Outrage.
(d) Delight.

4. Overall, Sontag seems to believe that images are ultimately which of the following?
(a) Powerful.
(b) Frightening.
(c) Dangerous.
(d) Evocative, but limited.

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?
(a) Limited exposure diminishes the impact the images have on an audience.
(b) Overexposure to images in the media makes people callous.
(c) The media sensationalizes stories of atrocity.
(d) Repeated images in the media exhaust our ability to prevent new atrocities.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Baudelaire expressed his concerns about the effects of the newspaper in 1860, which of the following was true?

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

3. Using the example of Ground Zero, Sontag argues that photographs have the power to do which of the following to their subject?

4. At the time Sontag wrote the book, many felt what which of the following made atrocity photographs immoral?

5. _______ is a modern development in camera use.

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

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

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

5. 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?

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. Sontag claims that a book is still the best medium for circulating images of atrocity. Name the three reasons she provides.

8. Sontag discusses Sebastiao Salgado's series entitled "Migrations: Humanity in Transition" and points out one very problematic effect of the series. Discuss this effect.

9. 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?

10. Why did the people of Sarajevo object to having scenes of their war represented alongside scenes of the conflict in Somalia?

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