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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Sarajevans were angered by a photography exhibit which featured photographs of their suffering alongside images of which other country's people?
2. Sontag argues that many people thought that which of the following makes war seem "real"?
3. In discussing images that remind us of death, Sontag references a particular 1943 photograph. What is the subject of this photograph?
4. A famous campaign for Benetton used which of the following images in its advertising?
5. Concerned with the public health risk posed by cigarette smoking, officials in which country suggested that images of black lungs, damaged hearts or periodontal disease be included on the warning label for tobacco products?
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. 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?
3. Ultimately, Sontag notes that to discuss the desensitization of all television viewers is a provincial move, at best. Why does she argue this?
4. Sontag suggests that there is a rise of sadism in contemporary culture. Discuss this assertion using specific examples.
5. Why did the people of Sarajevo object to having scenes of their war represented alongside scenes of the conflict in Somalia?
6. Why does Sontag say that "it is not necessarily better to be moved?" Discuss the negative aspects of sentimentality.
7. 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.
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. Sontag proposes that perhaps we place too much value on memory. What does she mean? Why does she posit this?
10. What does Sontag mean when she said that photographs transform?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why might a group of people be more sensitive to images of its members in pain? For instance, why might Americans be more sensitive to images of American citizens in pain? Why, do you think, people are less sensitive to the suffering of "others" outside their own social, cultural, or national grouping?
Essay Topic 2
Sontag suggested that specific memory of atrocities may be detrimental to peace efforts. Is this necessarily true? Is there a way in which memories and memorials might contribute to establishing and maintaining peace? If so, how? If not, why not?
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the book, Sontag discussed various photography exhibits centered on tragedies and atrocities. Some examples include the "Here is New York" exhibit following the attack on the World Trade Center and an exhibit on lynchings of African Americans in the South during the early 20th century. Sontag argued that, at times, museum exhibits are not the most appropriate venue for images of atrocity because they allow casual observers to pass by images without giving them due reverence. Do you agree with Sontag's argument regarding museum exhibits throughout the book? Why or why not? Be sure to provide evidence to support your discussion of this type of representation.
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