"A Problem From Hell:" America and the Age of Genocide Test | Final 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. In response to the bombing, Serbian forces expell 1.3 million Kosovars, _____________ of which flee to Macedonia and Albania.

2. From 1983 to 1988, the United States gives Iraq more than ____________ per year in credit so that Iraq could purchase American products.

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

4. In 100 days, some ___________ Tutsi, as well as the Hutu politicians, are murdered.

5. Which concentration camp does Reagan visit during his trip to Germany in response to people's complaints about his laying a wreath at a cemetery that includes the graves of nearly 50 Nazi SS officials?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In the middle of July 1995, what did journalists stationed in the Balkan region begin reporting?

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

5. Although Rwanda held one of the seats on the UN Security Council, what measures that the Council could have taken against the Hutus' genocide were never suggested?

6. In February, 1999, Western allies presented Milosevic with a "take-it-or-leave-it" proposal. What were the conditions of this proposal?

7. After the Hutu government began eliminating the Tutsi, what did the U.S. focus on instead of intervening to stop the genocide?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. What were the conditions under which Milosevic was delivered to The Hague for his trial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When World War I ended, Britain, France, and Russia wanted to hold officials in Germany, Austria, and Turkey responsible for violations of law and crimes of humanity. For Turkey, this action would have tried their officials for the atrocities committed upon the Armenians. Explain and demonstrate, backing your arguments from the text, why the United States refused to go along with the rest of the Allies' desires.

Essay Topic 2

Explain America's role in Southeast Asia during the 1960s and demonstrate why this role made Americans reluctant to get involved in the Cambodian genocide. Support your arguments from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Powers' argument in the book is that the United States has had information about all of the twentieth-century genocides and has done little to prevent or stop them. Using the text for support, compare and contrast the United States' reaction to each of the genocides in the book and then analyze whether or not Powers' argument is valid.

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