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

2. Decades later, what is still stunning about the way in which the Rape of Nanking was conducted?
(a) It was limited to the military population.
(b) It was very short.
(c) It went on for so long.
(d) It was a public rampage.

3. In what year does Japan withdraw from the League of Nations?
(a) 1936.
(b) 1933.
(c) 1934.
(d) 1930.

4. 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) Victims and perpetrators.
(d) Foreign missionaries and businessmen.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When does the author first learn about the Rape of Nanking?

2. What World War II event has helped the world believe the myth that Japan was a victim and not an instigator?

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

4. What is the geographical area mentioned as the main site of the Japanese/Chinese conflict at the time Nanking fell?

5. Kirby states that Ms. Chang has drawn connections between which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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. As the Japanese army begins mass executions in Nanking, what becomes their most pressing problem, and how do they resolve it?

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

8. 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?

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

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

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