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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. When Baudelaire expressed his concerns about the effects of the newspaper in 1860, which of the following was true?
(a) Newspapers did NOT yet print images.
(b) Newspapers had begun printing images alongside the stories.
(c) Newspapers had begun to sensationalize headlines.
(d) Newspapers had recently become more widely available to the public.

2. Sontag claims that shock used for rhetorical purposes can become _________.
(a) Dangerous.
(b) New.
(c) Familiar.
(d) Damaging.

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

4. Using the example of Ground Zero, Sontag argues that photographs have the power to do which of the following to their subject?
(a) Capture the unseen in it.
(b) Elevate it to something venerable.
(c) Transform it to something beautiful.
(d) Degrade it to something consumable.

5. Underneath feelings of apathy, Sontag contends are which of the following feelings?
(a) Anger and righteousness.
(b) Frustration and rage.
(c) Superiority and indifference.
(d) Sentimentality and despair.

Short Answer Questions

1. Contemporary society, at the time Sontag wrote the book, unanimously witnessed a rise of which of the following in the media?

2. Which of the following poets expressed concerns about the effect of national-scale events on human sensibility in 1800?

3. Sontag claims that sentimentality is often accompanied by which of the following?

4. Sontag claims that the model for public space in modern society is which of the following?

5. What does Sontag claim as our only connection with the dead?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unusual about Wall's "Dead Troops Talk (A Vision After an Ambush of a Red Army Patrol near Moqor, Afghanistan, Winter 1986)?" Discuss two aspects of the work that separate it from others like it.

2. Discuss the photograph that Georges Batailles kept on his desk. Why does Sontag discuss this particular photograph?

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

10. 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.

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