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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. China has produced a greater share of total world GDP than any Western civilization in ____ of the last 20 centuries.

2. Before the _____ War, China saw diplomacy and international trade as a way to express its preeminence.

3. In what year did Zheng He's expeditions stop abruptly?

4. It was stated that Nian and ____ were places that constituted organic disease.

5. How long had the conflict been going on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kissinger say about foreign policy and the actions of the statesmen? How did Mao fit into this mold?

2. What was the relationship between China and Taiwan at this time?

3. How and why does Kissinger compare Confucius to Machiavelli?

4. Mao had two main choices of leadership. What were they?

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

6. How did the Japanese culture compare and contrast to the Chinese culture?

7. Kissinger says that Mao liked to speak in parables. What was Mao's message?

8. Mao was referred to as both a revolutionary and a pragmatist. How did Mao typically behave in a political sense?

9. How did China's actions change in time of decline versus a period of resurgence?

10. Who stepped in after Zhou bowed out of the political race?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an opinion on the future of the United States economy and how it is/will be affected by China. How has the United States relied on China in recent years during times of economic downturn? How might China help the United States during periods of economic recovery? What might China want in return? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

What is your opinion of the history of China as presented by Henry Kissinger? Do you feel that Kissinger was able to be objective in his presentation of the historical and cultural facts about China? Do you think another person might have been able to present the history in a more objective light? Would the history be as accurate? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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