"A Problem From Hell:" America and the Age of Genocide Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Samantha Power
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As of the time the genocide treaty became international law, what country had not yet ratified it?
(a) The United States.
(b) Australia.
(c) Saudi Arabia.
(d) Bulgaria.

2. Why doesn't the international community prosecute individuals for their roles in exterminating millions of German Jews?
(a) Nuremberg covered only cross-border crimes.
(b) The genocide convention was passed after the Nuremberg trials had ended.
(c) The international community saw the issue as a national, not personal, crime.
(d) The international community focused on prosecuting military organizations and governments.

3. Henry Morgenthau, a U.S. ambassador, contests America's lack of action in opposing the Armenian genocide. To which country is Morgenthau assigned?
(a) Britain.
(b) France.
(c) The Ottoman Empire (Turkey).
(d) Armenia.

4. Upon what group does Lemkin take out his frustration over the United States' slowness to ratify the genocide treaty?
(a) Congress.
(b) Filmmakers
(c) The media.
(d) Human rights advocates.

5. What ethnicity is Raphael Lemkin?
(a) Russian Jew.
(b) Polish Jew.
(c) German Catholic.
(d) Armenian.

6. In the preface, Power identifies which Serbian leader as the ringleader of the Bosnian genocide?
(a) Vasiljkovic.
(b) Karadzic.
(c) Milosevic.
(d) Mladic.

7. Lemkin had read many of the histories detailing what crime?
(a) Mass slaughter.
(b) Rape.
(c) Mass suicide.
(d) Treason.

8. Out of a population of 7 million souls, approximately how many people does the Khmer Rouge kill in its three-and-a-half-year rule?
(a) Six million.
(b) Five million.
(c) Two million.
(d) Half a million.

9. In October 1945, the Nuremberg indictments all mention ______________ in an international legal setting, although it is not be mentioned in the convictions.
(a) Terrorism.
(b) Genocide.
(c) Warmongering.
(d) War crimes.

10. America officially ________, and Turkey officially _____________, the Armenian genocide. This stance is true with both countries to this day.
(a) Denies, denies.
(b) Acknowledges, denies.
(c) Ignores, denies.
(d) Ignores, acknowledges.

11. In what country does the Khmer Rouge conduct its genocidal campaign?
(a) Burma.
(b) Laos.
(c) Vietnam.
(d) Cambodia.

12. The United States has done ______________ in actual situations of crimes against humanity.
(a) More than its fair share.
(b) A great deal.
(c) Little.
(d) Nothing.

13. How does Szmul Zygielbojm die?
(a) He dies of a heart attack.
(b) He is executed in a death camp.
(c) He commits suicide.
(d) He dies of natural causes.

14. In America, according to Power, the struggle to stop genocide is often determined by:
(a) Lobbyists.
(b) International politics.
(c) Domestic politics.
(d) Special interests and civil rights groups.

15. On what date is the law banning genocide passed?
(a) December 21, 1950.
(b) December 8, 1949.
(c) December 9, 1948.
(d) Not applicable; it was defeated on December 9, 1948.

Short Answer Questions

1. By 1976, nearly ___________ Cambodians are dead.

2. As information about Hitler's extermination of the Jews becomes more widespread, what is the reaction of the majority of people?

3. Which government in the civil war that ended with the Khmer Rouge's coup does the United States back because they see its leader as more pro-American?

4. Which U.S. government official does Lemkin try to approach regarding Hitler?

5. Some who are opposed to the United States' ratification of the genocide treaty think it would be used to target the United States for its treatment of __________________.

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