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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 Path to Nanking" states that Japan's golden era of prosperity comes to an end during which decade?
(a) 1930s.
(b) 1890s.
(c) 1940s.
(d) 1920s.

2. After the Japanese victory at Shanghai, Chinese officials do all BUT WHICH of the following to prepare for possible attacks elsewhere?
(a) Have citizens build bomb shelters.
(b) Hold practice air-raid drills.
(c) Order civilians out of the cities.
(d) Order residents to camouflage homes.

3. In the Introduction, the author cites what fact as her primary motivation for writing this book?
(a) Chinese indifference to the victims.
(b) Japanese distortion of history.
(c) American ignorance of the massacre.
(d) African massacres.

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

5. Looting in the Safety Zone makes food so scarce that refugees are forced to eat all BUT WHICH of the following?
(a) Mushrooms.
(b) Dandelions.
(c) Daisies.
(d) Goldenrod.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Path to Nanking," the author states that the Japanese Samurai code of conduct is called what?

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

3. Toward the end of "The Nanking Safety Zone," Chang states that the Safety Zone holds about how many refugees?

4. Decades later, what is still stunning about the way in which the Rape of Nanking was conducted?

5. To which infamous Nazi is Nakajima Kesago compared in the "Six Weeks of Terror" chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. At what point does the author state that she became aware of the Rape of Nanking, and what caused her to doubt the accuracy of the information with which she had been presented?

10. What are the responses of Japan and China when Nanking falls, as described by William Kirby in the Foreword?

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