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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. During which year does the author say she first realized the Nanking massacre was historically accurate and not simply myth?
(a) 1994.
(b) 1987.
(c) 1972.
(d) 2005.

2. What event does the author mention in the Introduction that prompted many Nanking survivors to speak out about the massacre?
(a) Pacification of Manchukuo.
(b) Tiananmen Square.
(c) Opium War.
(d) Long March.

3. As discussed in "Six Weeks of Horror," Wu Tienwei believes that the actual death toll in Nanking may be what number?
(a) 340,000.
(b) 200,500.
(c) 150,000.
(d) 110,000.

4. A German diplomat reports that many Chinese women commit suicide by jumping into the Yangtze River between 1937 and 1938. Why?
(a) They could not find work.
(b) Their husbands were angry with them for getting raped.
(c) They were pregnant with half-Japanese babies.
(d) Their families could not bear the dishonor.

5. Which Chinese city is known as "the Venice of China" and is completely devastated by the Japanese army?
(a) Suchow.
(b) Sungchiang.
(c) Shanghai.
(d) Nanking.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. According to Chang in "Six Weeks of Terror," what happens to the Japanese war criminals after Nanking?

3. For how long does the most violent part of the Rape of Nanking last?

4. In "Six Weeks of Terror," what is the primary Japanese strategy for the invasion of Nanking?

5. On what date does the commander who is left in charge of Nanking receive orders from the leader of the Nationalists to abandon the city?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to the Introduction, in what two ways was Japan's mindset as it set out to conquer neighboring nations similar to the way Nazi Germany's mindset would be a few years later? How are the two tactics related?

3. Why are John Rabe's diary accounts of Nanking so explosive and important when they are finally released?

4. Briefly describe the fate of John Rabe after the Nanking massacre.

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

6. 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.

7. What is the US response to the attack on the USS Panay?

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

9. Briefly describe what happened to Robert Wilson after the Nanking massacre.

10. Briefly describe the fate of Minnie Vautrin after the Nanking massacre.

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