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

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

2. Armenians who are not killed are deported by force to camps in what country?

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

4. What is Raphael Lemkin's profession?

5. What nonbinding measure is suggested as a replacement of the UN genocide treaty, angering Lemkin?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. In lobbying the UN General Assembly for a resolution on genocide, what kind of a law did Lemkin want the body to pass?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and explain the nature and structure of the joint Hutu/Tutsi government that was the result of the 1993 Arusha Accords that ended Rwanda's first civil war.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Compare and contrast the United States' initial response to each genocide covered in A Problem from Hell. Use the text to support your statements.

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