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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. During which period did the decline take place?

2. In the early years China often exchanged good with which country?

3. Who was considered to be China's principal threat at this time?

4. In what year was the Treaty of Tianjin signed?

5. China underwent a "century of _____" before giving into national communism.

Short Essay Questions

1. What did China do to combat the threats from the Europeans?

2. What were the The Qiying-Pottinger negotiations? What did the negotiations change between China and the West?

3. Discuss China's long experience with naval expeditions and exploits.

4. How does Kissinger explain the Nian Rebellion?

5. What was Prince Gong's plan? Who emulated Prince Gong's work?

6. What does Kissinger say about the beginning of the decline of China?

7. How does Kissinger address the history of the Chinese-Indian borders?

8. The culmination of Chinese warring was two and a half centuries of turmoil. To what does Kissinger compare this era?

9. What was the Taiping Rebellion? When did it take place?

10. Why were the Chinese approached by the "red-haired barbarians" of Britain in regards to free trade?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How might world order have changed if Japan and China had formed into one super power? How might the world order have changed if the United States, Russia, and China were able to remain a triumvirate? What is the current relationship between China and Japan? Which is currently the strongest country? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Kissinger took his 40 years experience in working with China to present this book. Kissinger writes:

"This book is an effort, based in part on conversations with Chinese leaders, to explain the conceptual way the Chinese think about problems of peace and war and international order, and its relationship to the more pragmatic, case-by-case American approach. Different histories and cultures produce occasionally divergent conclusions. I do not always agree with the Chinese perspective, nor will every reader. But it is necessary to understand it, since China will play such a big role in the world that is emerging in the twenty-first century." (Preface, p. 11)

Why do you think the book was so important to Kissinger? Do you think it will change the American perception of the country? How can it help to bring the two countries closer together? How could Kissinger write about such a sensitive topic? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Kissinger writes that the basic concept of foreign policy is that a country must be able to develop a dialogue with other countries in order to have the world succeed as a unit. This is even more important in this time of globalization as countries are expected to work together to strengthen a world economy. Why is this important? Why must the United States devote so much time and money to foreign policy? How does it affect globalization? How does it affect the United States economy? Explain.

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