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Timothy Snyder
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What comparisons does Snyder draw between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler? Why does he compare these two? Do you believe that this comparison is effective or exaggerated?

This encourages the student to consider why the author uses a stark case like Adolf Hitler as a comparison base for current events.

What role do democratic institutions play in preventing tyranny? What responsibility to citizens have to these institutions?

This helps the student understand Snyder’s argument that institutions can help prevent tyranny but require active protection.

Snyder repeatedly refers to actions supporting tyranny as “the path of least resistance.” Give examples of these actions. Why does the author characterize them as such?

This helps the student understand Snyder’s view that it is a natural tendency to accede to an emerging tyrannical regime.

Explain Klemperer’s model of the truth dying in four modes. Give examples of actions or practices of President Trump that Snyder argues align with each mode.

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