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

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What proportion of United Nations member states must ratify a measure before it becomes international law?

2. Ultimately, Lemkin's fight is for an international law on ________________.

3. What city does the Khmer Rouge seize in 1975 after a five-year civil war and defeat of the incumbent, American-backed government?

4. 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?

5. Lemkin had long been fascinated by ____________.

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

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

4. 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?

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. What was Nuremberg's significance to the quest for an international law against genocide?

7. What was the scope of the Nuremberg trials limited to as to what the tribunal was to punish?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. Why did the Khmer Rouge especially target people who wore glasses?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the text, analyze and explain the causes of the "Southeast Asia fatigue" that permeated most American newsrooms during the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Senator Bob Dole and Raphael Lemkin's respective lobbying efforts in the fight against genocide. Use the text to back up your statements.

Essay Topic 3

Using the text as backup, investigate why, during the postwar period, the Holocaust was rarely discussed in general American society and glossed over in, if not omitted entirely from, books and films of the period. In particular, focus on the role American Jews had in encouraging this approach toward the Nazi atrocities against their people and why they did so.

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