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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The Foreword states that the occupation of Nanking was supposed to be a turning point for the Japanese in the struggle against which leader's armies?
(a) Asaka Yasuhiko.
(b) Tang Sheng-chih.
(c) Chiang Kai-shek.
(d) Nakajima Kesago.

2. What mood does the commander of Nanking find when he arrives at the river dock?
(a) Abandoned boats.
(b) Discipline.
(c) Bedlam.
(d) Quiet.

3. Which of the following does the author NOT discover is a published book on the subject of Nanking?
(a) Tend of Orange Mist.
(b) Undeniable History in Photographs.
(c) Tree of Heaven.
(d) Two Months of Terror.

4. What motto sums up the mindset that Japanese cadets were taught to adopt?
(a) "The weak must be destroyed."
(b) "A will which knows no defeat."
(c) "The greatest honor is to kill Chinese."
(d) "Japan will rule the world."

5. In "The Path to Nanking," the author states that the Japanese Samurai code of conduct is called what?
(a) Kiyaku.
(b) Masurao.
(c) Konnichiwa.
(d) Bushido.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Fall of Nanking," how many divisions does the commander in charge of Nanking give authority to cross the Yangtze River?

2. Tuberculosis strikes the first commander of the Japanese military. Who then takes over as the leader of the troops around Nanking?

3. According to the Introduction, Americans think that World War II began in which year?

4. Why do the Japanese soldiers generally kill the women they rape after they've finished?

5. In his book, Lieutenant Colonel Hashimoto Kingoro wrote that Japan could escape the pressures of surplus population in all BUT WHICH of the following ways?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe the five methods of torture used by the Japanese soldiers in their attempt to exterminate the population of Nanking.

2. Describe how Tang Shunsan was able to survive his encounter with Japanese soldiers.

3. Briefly describe the three different occupations of Nanking.

4. What factors contribute to the end of Japan's golden era of prosperity, as discussed in "The Path to Nanking"?

5. Describe the preparations the Chinese government ordered the citizens to undertake in order to prepare for possible invasions after the fall of Shanghai.

6. Describe the attitude of Lieutenant Colonel Hashimoto Kingoro about Japan's future in his book, quoted in "The Path to Nanking."

7. Chang states in the Introduction that the Rape of Nanking surpasses many of the world's most barbaric events. To which events does she refer, and why was Nanking worse?

8. As discussed in "Six Weeks of Horror," why will the world never fully understand the psychic toll taken on the women of Nanking, despite best efforts to accurately count the number of rapes?

9. Briefly describe Robert Wilson's role in the Nanking Safety Zone.

10. In "Six Weeks of Horror," why do the Chinese civilians in Nanking initially believe that the Japanese occupation may not be so bad?

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