Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir Test | Final Test - Hard

Peter Balakian
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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 what year was the memoir Armenian Golgotha reissued (in Armenian)?

2. When was the Umayyad Mosque built?

3. What job was Balakian working at when he began reading as much as he could about the Armenian genocide, in "Before the Nazis"?

4. In what city was Bishop Balakian buried?

5. What Ivy League university was involved in many of the disputes about Turkish denial of the genocide?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Nafina's reaction to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor?

2. How was the Armenian-Lebanese town of Anjar settled?

3. Why was Balakian surprised the Syrian government suppressed published works about the Armenian genocide?

4. Why was Balakian so affected by his visit to Aleppo, Syria?

5. What were the Young Turks like in terms of personality and education?

6. Why did Balakian take the bones from the memorial site at Der Zor?

7. How did the Turks use the geography of the land to make it easier to kill Armenians?

8. Why did Aunt Anna likely embrace surrealism rather than realism in literature?

9. How did American Ambassador Morgenthau attempt to help the Armenians?

10. How did Balakian's aunts justify the family's inability to talk about the genocide when he was a child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the Balakian family lived in Teaneck, New Jersey, Peter felt a special kinship with the Jews. Why did he feel this connection? Was it simply a matter of being exposed to a tight-knit community or was there something deeper that Peter could not have articulated? Why did he feel left out when his own family had traditions? If he had known at the time about the Armenian genocide, would the connection have been deeper?

Essay Topic 2

The Turkish government has never apologized for the Armenian genocide and the world has moved on. What impact, if any, would an official Turkish apology have on the Armenian people today? Is it possible for an apology to be delivered a century later? How would the Armenian people benefit from an apology before the world? Would it free them? Would it free the Turks?

Essay Topic 3

Prior to beginning the genocide of the Armenians, the Turkish government conducted a campaign of propaganda against the Armenian people and other Christians. How does the dehumanization of other people make it easier to kill them? How did the long-term treatment of Christian minorities in the Ottoman Empire pave the way for the eventual extermination of a race? Would it have been possible for the Turks to have carried out the genocide if conditions had been different over the years?

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