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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. When the Nanking Safety Zone is initially set up, how long does the International Committee intend for it to be open?
(a) Two days.
(b) One year.
(c) Six months.
(d) A few weeks.

2. What is the geographical area mentioned as the main site of the Japanese/Chinese conflict at the time Nanking fell?
(a) Hunan Gorge.
(b) Sichuan Valley.
(c) Yangtze Valley.
(d) Suzhou Plains.

3. What item has Ms. Chang found, belonging to John Rabe, that is mentioned in the Foreword?
(a) Newspaper.
(b) Home videos.
(c) Diary.
(d) Photographs.

4. Kirby states that Ms. Chang has drawn connections between which of the following?
(a) Events in America and Europe.
(b) American ignorance and Asian arrogance.
(c) Slaughter in Europe and Asia.
(d) Japanese and Chinese crimes.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year does China's war with Japan end?

2. Most of the Zone leaders have no bodyguard experience, and yet they accomplish all BUT WHICH of the following actions anyway?

3. A historian at the Jiangsu Academy of Social Sciences has compiled the most accurate estimate of how many were killed in Nanking. What figure has he reached?

4. Shao Tzuping, one of the producers of a documentary on The Rape of Nanking, had served in all BUT WHICH of the following positions?

5. What kind of resistance does the Japanese army meet when it gets to Nanking?

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. 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?

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 the process by which new Japanese soldiers were desensitized.

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the methods used by the Japanese army to subdue the larger Chinese population of Nanking, as described in "Six Weeks of Terror."

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