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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, for the most part, photographs received more serious attention when placed in which of the following scenarios?
2. Which of the following does Sontag suggest is an ethical act?
3. Diorama, tableaux and wax exhibits served which of the following purposes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?
(a) Forms of war protest.
(b) Forms of artistic expression.
(c) Forms of entertainment.
(d) Forms of history-as-display.
4. Underneath feelings of apathy, Sontag contends are which of the following feelings?
(a) Frustration and rage.
(b) Anger and righteousness.
(c) Sentimentality and despair.
(d) Superiority and indifference.
5. Sontag insists that images may be ineffective; however, they do serve one basic and significant function. What is that function?
(a) Images inoculate us to the effects of atrocity.
(b) Images provide representation for the victims, no matter how flawed.
(c) Images remind us that humans are capable of causing great pain.
(d) Images provide moral education.
Short Answer Questions
1. Sontag claims that the model for public space in modern society is which of the following?
2. Which of the following photographers exhibited photographs of Sarajevo in 1994?
3. Sontag cites the Japanese narrative "Chushingura" in which the protagonist stops to appreciate the beauty of cherry blossoms one last time before committing ritual suicide as an example of which kind of shocking art?
4. Which of the following works does Sontag site as containing the first recognition of the human fascination with mutilated bodies?
5. It was generally thought that public awareness was largely guided by which of the following?
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. 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.
3. 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?
4. According to Sontag, designating a hell is not enough; yet, she suggests that this ability to name an atrocity does accomplish something. What does this accomplish? What is the point of naming an atrocity an atrocity?
5. Discuss the photograph that Georges Batailles kept on his desk. Why does Sontag discuss this particular photograph?
6. Why did the people of Sarajevo object to having scenes of their war represented alongside scenes of the conflict in Somalia?
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Why does Sontag say that "it is not necessarily better to be moved?" Discuss the negative aspects of sentimentality.
10. Describe the scene which Sontag refers to as the first description of bodies in anguish and identify the source of this description.
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