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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sontag suggests that photographs do NOT ask which of the following tasks of the viewers?
(a) To put an end to human cruelty.
(b) To evaluate the morality of the situation depicted in the image.
(c) To retain specific knowledge about each human atrocity.
(d) To work toward peace.

2. Sontag claims that the model for public space in modern society is which of the following?
(a) The mega-store.
(b) The debate hall.
(c) The memorial.
(d) The classroom.

3. What sentiment concludes the book?
(a) Photographs of atrocities must be endured.
(b) War photography should be banned.
(c) The horror of war is unimaginable.
(d) War is inevitable.

4. 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?
(a) The type which is only relative to a particular culture, and thus has little effect on outsiders.
(b) The type which is often underestimated for its emotional impact.
(c) The type which, through the narrative form of pathos, continually induces emotional reactions.
(d) The type which is perennially performed, but which achieves less of a reaction with each performance.

5. Although images were more prevalent, which of the following was NOT also true?
(a) Humanity became oversensitive to images of suffering.
(b) The human capacity to absorb the images of suffering increased.
(c) People's understanding of atrocity increased.
(d) People's reactions to the images were greater.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Sontag, the idea that less people are reacting to news of atrocity is probably which of the following?

2. Sontag claims that witnessing atrocity through images is not much different than witnessing them in person. What does she say these activities had in common?

3. Sarajevans were angered by a photography exhibit which featured photographs of their suffering alongside images of which other country's people?

4. "Without Sanctuary" was a book of photographs taken of which of the following atrocities?

5. "Dead Troops Talk (A Vision After an Ambush of a Red Army Patrol near Moqor, Afghanistan, Winter 1986" was a photograph taken by which of the following types of photographer?

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