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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. The officials of what country prevent Lemkin from traveling to Madrid to present his paper on the rise of Hitler and the Armenian genocide?
(a) Poland.
(b) Spain.
(c) Germany.
(d) Turkey.

2. The nationalists who kill the young Sarajevan of whom Power spoke are of what ethnicity?
(a) Croat.
(b) Serb.
(c) Bosnian.
(d) Albanian.

3. What is the reaction of many countries to refugees that they knew would be killed if forced to return to Germany?
(a) They put them in refugee camps.
(b) They refuse them entry.
(c) They report them to the Nazis.
(d) They grant them asylum.

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

5. President Carter makes the first public condemnation of the Khmer Rouge in ____1978.
(a) January.
(b) August.
(c) September.
(d) April.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the book that Lemkin publishes in his attempt to help people believe the claims?

2. In the preface, Power identifies which Serbian leader as the ringleader of the Bosnian genocide?

3. On what date does the final country required for ratification ratify the genocide treaty?

4. 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?

5. Talaat conducts the Armenian genocide because he feels there is no room for __________ in Turkey.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of law did Raphael Lemkin propose?

3. In coining the term "genocide," what did Lemkin write concerning those who committed it?

4. What intrigued Raphael Lemkin about the Armenian genocide?

5. In a cable to Washington, what term did Ambassador Henry Morgenthau use to condemn the actions of the Turkish government against the Armenians?

6. 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?

7. Why was Raphael Lemkin worthy of an entire chapter of this book? What is his significance to this survey of genocide?

8. What did Lemkin do while interacting with officials and the public regarding the Holocaust that he thought would make them believe his, and others', claims about Hitler's atrocities against the Jews?

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

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

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