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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Sontag cites one of her earlier books published in 1977. Which of the following is it?
(a) "On Photography."
(b) "Against Interpretation."
(c) "Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors."
(d) "Reborn."

2. "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?
(a) A military photographer archiving the event for intelligence purposes.
(b) An embedded journalist.
(c) A civilian bystander with a disposable camera.
(d) A Canadian artist attempting to envision the horrors of a distant war.

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

4. Events enter the collective memory, not by a natural process of remembering but by:
(a) Active designation of significance.
(b) Government propaganda.
(c) Subconscious selection.
(d) Repeated exposure.

5. Which of the following terms does Sontag define as a commonly used term for those whose profession like journalists takes them into war zones?
(a) War tourism.
(b) Atrocity tourism.
(c) War voyeurism.
(d) Conflict exploitation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Modern society, Sontag argues, is a "society of _______".

2. A famous campaign for Benetton used which of the following images in its advertising?

3. _______ is a modern development in camera use.

4. According to Sontag, Wall's photograph may have been an updated version of which infamous image from the First World War?

5. Although Sontag is pessimistic about the broad effects of atrocity photographs, she did mention one positive outcome. What was it?

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