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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. For what event is Lemkin invited to Spain to read his paper?
(a) International genocide conference.
(b) International humanitarian conference.
(c) International political conference.
(d) International law conference.

3. Ultimately, Lemkin's fight is for an international law on ________________.
(a) Legal standards.
(b) Financial standards.
(c) Genocide.
(d) War crimes.

4. Why does Lemkin flee to Lithuania and then Sweden in 1939?
(a) France is seeking his extradition.
(b) The Polish government wants to arrest him.
(c) Turkey puts a bounty on his head.
(d) Hitler invades Poland.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Historically, according to Power, the United States has been ____________ to recognize and act when genocide occurred.

2. As the resolution is discussed, some delegates advocate the use of ____________ instead of "genocide."

3. What is not yet invented at the time the Armenian genocide takes places and is therefore not available as a means by which to communicate news and information about it?

4. What governmental position does Mehmed Talaat, who conducts the genocide, hold?

5. By 1976, nearly ___________ Cambodians are dead.

Short Essay Questions

1. As the Khmer Rouge began its genocidal campaign, the U.S. government issued warnings that a bloodbath might happen in the region. What was many Americans' response to the warnings?

2. What intrigued Raphael Lemkin about the Armenian genocide?

3. The Armenian genocide began when Turkey's interior minister decided that the Turkish Empire would target which group of subjects?

4. Immediately after World War II, how did books and films that addressed the war deal with the Holocaust?

5. Which specific instance of genocide has American society committed itself to remembering and preventing a repetition of, which makes their slowness to react when genocide occurs disturbing to say the least?

6. After Lemkin's death, William Proxmire, a senator from Wisconsin, took up the movement to have the genocide convention ratified in the U.S. What was the date of Senator Proxmire's first genocide speech?

7. Which senator from South Dakota believed that genocide was taking place in Cambodia and wanted the United States to contribute military forces to make it stop?

8. What was the definition of genocide that was adopted by the UN?

9. What does Powers say motivates U.S. policymakers to keep the U.S. uninvolved in situations when genocide occurs?

10. In what way did Power see U.S. policymakers handle the genocide in Bosnia?

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