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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. The West had a long tradition of viewing war as which of the following?
2. At the time Sontag wrote the book, many felt what which of the following made atrocity photographs immoral?
3. Sontag claims that compassion requires which of the following in order to remain?
4. When Baudelaire expressed his concerns about the effects of the newspaper in 1860, which of the following was true?
5. Sontag suggests that photographs do NOT ask which of the following tasks of the viewers?
Essay Topic 1
Sontag discussed image-glut and image-flow extensively in this essay. Do you agree with her assertions that the modern world contains a plethora of disturbing or horrific images? Evaluate her argument regarding the effects of image-glut and propose your own. How does the influx of war photographs affect the viewer? Are viewers more prone to apathy because of the quantity of images? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Media coverage of the Vietnam War produced a mass outcry against war, while the media coverage of 9/11 produced more divergent effects on individuals. What do you think accounts for this difference? Is it perhaps the difference between a far-off conflict and an attack at "home"? Is it perhaps something in the nature of the wars themselves? Is it the difference in media coverage? Or is it something altogether different? Defend your position with evidence and support.
Essay Topic 3
Throughout Sontag's argument, gender norms and expectations emerge as contributing factors in the way individuals receive images. How does Sontag treat these gendered expectations? Do you agree with Sontag's assertions on this issue? Why or why not? Discuss the differences in the ways men and women receive photographs of war and atrocity as well as the way publishing companies think about their audiences in terms of gender.
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