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

2. On what date does the final country required for ratification ratify the genocide treaty?
(a) November 7, 1950.
(b) December 11, 1946.
(c) October 16, 1950.
(d) December 9, 1948.

3. What issue plagues the genocide convention?
(a) State sovereignty.
(b) International unity.
(c) Political ideologies.
(d) State prejudices against certain ethnic groups.

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

5. What happens on Dec. 11, 1946?
(a) World War II ends.
(b) The General Assembly passes a resolution condemning genocide.
(c) The last concentration camp is liberated.
(d) The General Assembly defeates a resolution condemning genocide

6. How does Proxmire make his case for ratification of the genocide treaty?
(a) He gives a daily speech on genocide on the Senate floor.
(b) He calls for a vote on the treaty every day on the Senate floor.
(c) He travels the world and made documentaries exposing acts of genocide.
(d) He hosts a daily national talk show about genocide.

7. Historically, according to Power, the United States has been ____________ to recognize and act when genocide occurred.
(a) Reluctant.
(b) Slow.
(c) Overly eager.
(d) Quick.

8. Serbian forces executed over 7,000 Muslims in a _____________.
(a) Elementary school.
(b) Pig farm.
(c) Football stadium.
(d) Mosque.

9. The enforcement mechanisms spelled out in the convention are more explicit about _____________ than _________ of genocide.
(a) Punishment; prevention.
(b) Definition; prevention.
(c) Exemptions from; punishment.
(d) Prevention; punishment.

10. What city does the Khmer Rouge seize in 1975 after a five-year civil war and defeat of the incumbent, American-backed government?
(a) Penh Phnom.
(b) My Lai.
(c) Siem Reap.
(d) Phnom Penh.

11. What is Raphael Lemkin's profession?
(a) Soldier.
(b) Politician.
(c) Lawyer.
(d) Doctor.

12. What is the name of the Polish diplomat and Roman Catholic who infiltrates first the Warsaw ghetto and later a death camp in order to report on Jewish suffering?
(a) Jan Karski.
(b) Szmul Zygielbojm.
(c) Lech Walesa.
(d) Karol Wojtyla.

13. On what date does Raphael Lemkin die?
(a) April 1, 1984.
(b) August 29, 1958.
(c) August 28, 1959.
(d) April 28, 1950.

14. In 1948, Lemkin flies to _____________ to lobby the subcommittee that was preparing the actual text of the convention.
(a) Zurich.
(b) Geneva.
(c) Vienna.
(d) Berlin.

15. The genocide convention needs to be ratified domestically by _______ of the UN's member states in order to become international law.
(a) Forty.
(b) Twenty-five.
(c) Ten.
(d) Twenty.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Preface, Power describes a _____-year-old Sarajevan who was killed in a bombing.

2. There has been __________ public recognition of the Allies' inaction with regard to the Holocaust.

3. Lemkin believes that both the ___________ and _________ existence of groups needs to be preserved.

4. The Khmer Rouge, in conducting their genocide, eliminates anyone deemed a(n) __________or a(n) _________.

5. The nationalists who kill the young Sarajevan of whom Power spoke are of what ethnicity?

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