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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. Events enter the collective memory, not by a natural process of remembering but by:
2. Modern society, Sontag argues, is a "society of _______".
3. Although Sontag is pessimistic about the broad effects of atrocity photographs, she did mention one positive outcome. What was it?
4. According to Sontag, a person who fails to recognize that people are capable of committing atrocities has failed to achieve which of the following?
5. The West had a long tradition of viewing war as which of the following?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why did the people of Sarajevo object to having scenes of their war represented alongside scenes of the conflict in Somalia?
2. Why is a museum, in Sontag's opinion, an inappropriate place to display atrocity photographs?
3. 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?
4. Sontag discusses two widespread ideas about the influence of photography. Sontag notes that the second idea might seem to be the converse of the first. What is the second idea? Discuss the second idea using support from the book.
5. Why does Sontag say that "it is not necessarily better to be moved?" Discuss the negative aspects of sentimentality.
6. 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?
7. Sontag claims that a book is still the best medium for circulating images of atrocity. Name the three reasons she provides.
8. Sontag discusses the emergence of apathy and cynicism toward war. According to her discussion, what feeling underlies cynicism about war and atrocity? What is the purpose of this cynicism?
9. 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.
10. Discuss Sontag's assertion that some images serve as memento mori. What does she mean? How do they serve this purpose?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Select a work of war protest art which Sontag discussed in detail in this book. Formulate your own argument regarding the effectiveness of the piece. Was Sontag correct in her assertions? Why or why not? What does the work attempt to accomplish? What does it succeed or fail to do? Provide specific support and evidence for your assertions.
Essay Topic 2
In her argument about representation, Sontag also addressed the significance and ethics of censorship. It would seem that standards of good taste or propriety are fairly often at odds with the constitutionally protected freedom of the press. Delve into the issue of censorship. Are there instances in which censorship is the ethical choice? If so, when? If not, why not? Need public interest and censorship be at odds? Or, is censorship designed with public interest in mind? Defend your position with ample support and specific examples.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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