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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. Why do the Japanese soldiers generally kill the women they rape after they've finished?
(a) Rape is officially prohibited by military command.
(b) In order to relieve the dishonor for the woman's family.
(c) They don't want to pay the women their fee.
(d) So that angry husbands won't know who to blame.

2. In the 12th Century, the Samurai became firmly established by which powerful Japanese family?
(a) Minamoto.
(b) Shogun.
(c) Hirohito.
(d) Fujiwara.

3. Which of the following people is alone in advocating a strong defense for Nanking in November of 1937?
(a) Chiang Kai-shek.
(b) Frank Xing.
(c) Chang Tien-Chun.
(d) Tang Sheng-chih.

4. According to the Introduction, Africans believe World War II began in which year?
(a) 1941.
(b) 1931.
(c) 1939.
(d) 1935.

5. In "The Nanking Safety Zone," which of the following do the International Committee members NOT have to provide for the refugees in the Safety Zone?
(a) Food.
(b) Medical care.
(c) Shelter.
(d) Clothing.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which individual does Chang discuss third in "The Nanking Safety Zone" chapter?

3. All BUT WHICH of the following groups of citizens remain in Nanking after the soldiers leave the city?

4. In "Six Weeks of Horror," Chang states that Japanese soldiers use all BUT WHICH of the following methods to exterminate Chinese civilians?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. Japan occupied Nanking for eight years and set up a government of Chinese collaborators. What was that government NOT able to accomplish during those eight years?

2. What does the author accomplish by referring to Nanking as a "forgotten Holocaust," according to Kirby?

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

4. Briefly describe Wilhelmina (Minnie) Vautrin's role in the Nanking Safety Zone.

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

6. 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?

7. According to Chang at the end of "The Nanking Safety Zone," what is chilling about the number of refugees in the Nanking Safety Zone?

8. Briefly describe John Rabe's role in the Nanking Safety Zone.

9. Briefly explain the twentieth-century Japanese cultural identity, as detailed in "The Path to Nanking."

10. Describe Matsui Iwane's reaction to the events in Nanking after he was once again well enough to take command of the soldiers.

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