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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. Which sense did the ancient Greeks consider superior?

2. Which nation's army was represented in Wall's photograph?

3. Sontag criticizes American portrayals of U.S. military strategy, saying that war museums do not emphasize which of the following?

4. _______ is a modern development in camera use.

5. Contemporary society, at the time Sontag wrote the book, unanimously witnessed a rise of which of the following in the media?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Sontag claims that a book is still the best medium for circulating images of atrocity. Name the three reasons she provides.

5. Sontag claims that there is historical evidence to suggest that, despite contemporary belief, war has always been the norm, and peace the exception to that norm. Discuss one of the examples Sontag provided.

6. Sontag suggests that Wall's work affirms the normalcy of war. How so?

7. 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?

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

9. How does our contemporary view of suffering differ from earlier, more traditional Western views?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sontag drew parallels between photography and voyeurism, as well as war photography and pornography. How do you feel about these comparisons? Explore these connections using images of your own. Is there, in fact, a similar feeling evoked by both images? Can something repulsive be beautiful? Can something beautiful be repulsive?

Essay Topic 2

Sontag also traced the relationship between the presence of the press and the practice of war-making. In one example, she discussed the execution of a suspected Vietcong soldier by Brigadier General Loan, suggesting that the execution was a performance for the photographer present on the scene. Does media coverage affect the waging of war? Are journalists neutral and uninvolved? Discuss the relationship between journalists' presence and soldiers' behavior. Provide specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

Although the public often reacts with disappointment or even outrage upon learning that a moving image has been staged, is there anything inherently less true about an image staged for a photograph than there is in a still life composed for a painting? Does a photograph need to capture spontaneous truth as it unfolds in order to have any validity. Provide support for your argument and discuss relevant examples.

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