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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. Many of the scenes in "Saving Private Ryan" were based on works by which famous World War I photographer?

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

3. _______ is a classic use for the camera.

4. Which Dreiser novel does Sontag reference in the final chapter?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

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

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

9. According to Sontag, how does Goya's "The Disasters of War" differ from most depictions of mutilated and tortured bodies?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sontag began her discussion with an analysis of Virginia Woolf's book, "Three Guineas." Woolf's analysis of war and gender was a significant source throughout Sontag's argument. Read Woolf's "Three Guineas" and discuss your reaction to Woolf's argument. Did you agree with Woolf or Sontag? Or, perhaps, both, in some way? How did your assessment of Woolf's argument differ from Sontag's? Did you agree with Sontag's assertion that Woolf's text is somewhat dated in its discussion of war photography?

Essay Topic 2

Are images sufficient to provoke anti-war sentiment? Sontag ultimately concluded that photographs alone could not achieve this end. Do you agree or disagree? Are some images striking, shocking, horrifying, or compelling enough to effect change? Do some of Sontag's examples, such as the coverage of the Vietnam War, work for or against her assertion?

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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