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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. In comparison to Germany, what percentage of war reparations has Japan paid the victims of Nanking?
(a) More than 50%.
(b) 120%.
(c) About 15%.
(d) Less than 1%.

2. According to Chang in "Six Weeks of Terror," what happens to the Japanese war criminals after Nanking?
(a) Executed many years ago.
(b) Fugitives from the law.
(c) Protected by the Japanese government.
(d) Life sentences in jail.

3. 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?
(a) Asaka Yasuhiko.
(b) Tang Sheng-chih.
(c) Chiang Kai-shek.
(d) Nakajima Kesago.

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

5. Which individual does Chang discuss third in "The Nanking Safety Zone" chapter?
(a) American missionary professor.
(b) American surgeon.
(c) German businessman.
(d) German merchant.

Short Answer Questions

1. What can be considered ironic about John Rabe as a defender of the Safety Zone?

2. According to the Introduction, Africans believe World War II began in which year?

3. Chang says in "The Fall of Nanking" that which of her own family members barely manage to stay together while evacuating Nanking?

4. What nationality is John Rabe?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the relationship between Chiang Kai-shek and Tang Sheng-chih at the time of the Nanking invasion?

2. Describe the preparations the Chinese government ordered the citizens to undertake in order to prepare for possible invasions after the fall of Shanghai.

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. What factors contribute to the end of Japan's golden era of prosperity, as discussed in "The Path to Nanking"?

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

9. 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?

10. 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?

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