Regarding the Pain of Others Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Underneath feelings of apathy, Sontag contends are which of the following feelings?

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

3. Using the example of Ground Zero, Sontag argues that photographs have the power to do which of the following to their subject?

4. Sontag begins Chapter 9 with which of the following assertions?

5. Georges Bataille, famous for his studies of the erotic, kept which of the following images on his desk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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