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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. Sarajevans were angered by a photography exhibit which featured photographs of their suffering alongside images of which other country's people?
(a) Somalia.
(b) Bulgaria.
(c) Bosnia.
(d) Rhodesia.

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

3. Diorama, tableaux and wax exhibits served which of the following purposes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?
(a) Forms of history-as-display.
(b) Forms of war protest.
(c) Forms of artistic expression.
(d) Forms of entertainment.

4. Although Sontag is pessimistic about the broad effects of atrocity photographs, she did mention one positive outcome. What was it?
(a) Images continually educate people in how to behave humanely.
(b) Some people may still be persuaded by images of suffering.
(c) The individual may come to a deeper understanding of the evil people may inflict.
(d) The victims of atrocities may soemtimes feel that their suffering is not in vain.

5. According to Sontag, Wall's photograph may have been an updated version of which infamous image from the First World War?
(a) Friedrich's "War against War!"
(b) Goya's "Distasters of War."
(c) Gance's "J'accuse."
(d) Gardner's "Photographic Sketch Book of the War."

Short Answer Questions

1. Sontag refutes the possibility of a suggestion she made in "On Photography". Which of the following ideas did she refute?

2. It was generally thought that public awareness was largely guided by which of the following?

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

4. Which sense did the ancient Greeks consider superior?

5. Sontag suggests that to make peace is to do which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

9. According to Sontag, how does Goya's "The Disasters of War" differ from most depictions of mutilated and tortured bodies?

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

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