"A Problem From Hell:" America and the Age of Genocide Test | Final 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. President Clinton closes the Rwandan embassy in Washington and seizes its assets after:

2. On what date do NATO jets begin bombing Serbia in an attempt to head off the looming genocide in Kosovo?

3. This country frequently cuts down U.S. criticisms of other countries by saying "a country that had not even contracted to the genocide convention had no right to lecture the Soviet Union on human rights."

4. The first wave of calls for an international war crimes tribunal in the 1990s comes after:

5. Policymakers in favor of ratification argue not only for the moral imperatives but also that non-ratification is:

Short Essay Questions

1. When Bosnian Serbs declared an independent Serb state, what measure did Western countries take in an attempt to stabilize the area?

2. Although President Reagan stated that he would endorse the genocide convention, what first step was he, as well as his administration, seemingly reluctant to take?

3. What is an example of one of the many treaties President Jimmy Carter used his leverage to ratify instead of the genocide treaty?

4. When Kurdish leaders decided to side with Iran in the Iraq-Iran war, what was the reaction of the Iraqi military?

5. What was the influence of the creation of the 1993 International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia upon the Rwandan genocide?

6. Why did the U.S. turn a blind eye to Iraqi brutality against the Kurds?

7. What use did the U.S. fail to make of the satellites it had in space?

8. What would have been the consequences of including, within the U.S. version of the genocide treaty, a restriction on its jurisdiction in cases where the U.S. might be called?

9. Why did Rwanda actually vote against setting up its war crimes tribunal?

10. Within hours of President Habyarimana's death, whom did armed Hutus begin targeting?

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

Analyze, explain, and demonstrate, supporting your arguments from the text, how, in each of the cases of genocide that Power examines, both physical and cultural destruction were used to demolish and eradicate racial, ethnic, and political groups.

Essay Topic 3

In the mid-1980s, advocates for U.S. ratification of the genocide treaty argued that ratification would mean that the U.S. would now be able to file genocide charges against a country in the International Court of Justice. Using the text as backup, compare and contrast the United States' reaction to genocidal acts after it ratified the treaty with its reaction to them prior to ratification in order to decide whether ratification advocates' predictions had come true.

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