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

2. Overall, Sontag seems to believe that images are ultimately which of the following?
(a) Evocative, but limited.
(b) Frightening.
(c) Dangerous.
(d) Powerful.

3. According to Sontag, the idea that less people are reacting to news of atrocity is probably which of the following?
(a) Regrettably true.
(b) Not true.
(c) Somewhat true.
(d) Painfully true.

4. Sontag writes that provocative images may have which of the following effects on viewers?
(a) Provocative images of suffering may enable a deep sense of human empathy.
(b) Provocative images may spur viewers to examine how their own privileges are possible through the suffering of others.
(c) Provocative images of suffering may compel viewers to stop subscribing to newspapers for fear of seeing more disturbing photographs.
(d) Provocative images of suffering may incite humanitarian actions to end exploitative actions.

5. Sontag begins Chapter 9 with which of the following assertions?
(a) Designating an atrocity merely labels the victims..
(b) Anti-war imagery is futile.
(c) Merely naming an atrocity does nothing to remedy the situation or save its victims.
(d) Images of war do little to help us understand the circumstances of war.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Wall's photograph enable soldiers to do that they could not do in "real" life?

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

3. Sontag argues that which of the following effects keeps the television viewer's attention "light", "mobile" and fairly "indifferent" to the images on the screen?

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

5. According to Sontag, a person who fails to recognize that people are capable of committing atrocities has failed to achieve which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss Sontag's assertion that some images serve as memento mori. What does she mean? How do they serve this purpose?

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. Sontag discusses Sebastiao Salgado's series entitled "Migrations: Humanity in Transition" and points out one very problematic effect of the series. Discuss this effect.

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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.

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