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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. Lemkin believes that both the ___________ and _________ existence of groups needs to be preserved.
(a) Physical; cultural.
(b) Financial; physical.
(c) Cultural; psychological.
(d) National; cultural.

2. What term does the Allied condemnation apply to Turkey's persecution of the Armenians?
(a) Racism.
(b) Genocide.
(c) Ethnic cleansing.
(d) Crimes against humanity.

3. 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 __________________.
(a) Native Americans.
(b) African Americans and Japanese Americans.
(c) Native Americans and Japanese Americans.
(d) Native Americans and African Americans.

4. What group of people does Lemkin crusade on behalf of?
(a) European Jews.
(b) Armenians.
(c) French Basques.
(d) Romanian Gypsies.

5. 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 international community focused on prosecuting military organizations and governments.
(c) The genocide convention was passed after the Nuremberg trials had ended.
(d) The international community saw the issue as a national, not personal, crime.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Szmul Zygielbojm die?

2. What is the name of the person who assassinates Talaat in 1921?

3. By 1976, nearly ___________ Cambodians are dead.

4. What issue plagues the genocide convention?

5. What is the name of the leader of the Khmer Rouge?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proposed by the United States as an international law instead of the UN genocide treaty, what was Raphael Lemkin's reaction?

2. What was the concern that several U.S. policymakers had with the ambiguous language of the UN genocide treaty?

3. How do we know that the United States and British governments had a great deal of intelligence on Hitler's extermination of Jews that belied their feigned ignorance of the atrocities?

4. After escaping Germany in 1942, what did Jan Karski do with his findings gathered during his time undercover in the Warsaw ghetto and in a death camp?

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. What does the author say is the first reason the United States has been slow to recognize and act when genocide has occurred?

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

8. During his crusade to help European Jews, for what did Lemkin begin searching?

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

10. 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?

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