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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. To whom does Kirby refer when he states that Ms. Chang has used the unimpeachable testimony of third-party observers?
(a) Government officials and historians.
(b) Newspapers and tabloids.
(c) Foreign missionaries and businessmen.
(d) Victims and perpetrators.

2. Which of the following military commanders is initially in charge of the Japanese imperial army for the Shanghai-Nanking region?
(a) Nakajima.
(b) Matsui.
(c) Yanagawa.
(d) Asaka.

3. Kirby states that all BUT WHICH of Japan's following actions took place in stark contrast to conventional rules of warfare?
(a) Execution of soldiers.
(b) Execution of civilians.
(c) Rape of civilians.
(d) Occupation.

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

5. In "The Nanking Safety Zone," which individual does Chang first discuss?
(a) American missionary professor.
(b) American surgeon.
(c) German businessman.
(d) German merchant.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Ms. Chang, why is the Rape of Nanking not as well known as the Holocaust or Hiroshima?

2. In "The Nanking Safety Zone," which individual does Chang discuss second?

3. In the Introduction, Ms. Chang quotes which of the following authors as stating that to forget a holocaust is to kill twice?

4. What does the Japanese government do in response to the mass rape committed by soldiers in Nanking?

5. On December 13, 1937, Japanese soldiers are ordered to execute all Chinese prisoners of war for all BUT WHICH of the following reasons?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe the medical experiments conducted by the Japanese on citizens of Nanking. How many are killed in this manner?

2. As discussed in "The Fall of Nanking," what are the reasons historians have found for why Nanking fell in four days with so many Chinese soldiers present to defend the city?

3. Why are the leaders of the International Safety Zone Committee particularly well-suited to tell the real story of Nanking?

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

5. Describe the postwar differences between Japan and Germany that have allowed the Rape of Nanking to go largely unnoticed while the Holocaust is acknowledged world wide.

6. Why do the Japanese encourage narcotic use among the Chinese?

7. What contribution does Dr. Bretton Lee Douglas make to the publication of the book?

8. What was Japan's isolationist foreign policy intended to accomplish, and in what ways did that policy backfire?

9. According to "Judgment Day," the IMTFE tribunals uncovered crimes outside Nanking. Describe the information gained during the trials about Japanese atrocities.

10. According to Kirby, what haunts Chinese-Japanese relations today, and why?

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