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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. What World War II event has helped the world believe the myth that Japan was a victim and not an instigator?
(a) Nanking.
(b) Holocaust.
(c) Hiroshima.
(d) Pearl Harbor.

2. Chang says in "The Fall of Nanking" that which of her own family members barely manage to stay together while evacuating Nanking?
(a) Aunt and uncle.
(b) Cousins.
(c) Parents.
(d) Grandparents.

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

4. In his book, Lieutenant Colonel Hashimoto Kingoro wrote that Japan could escape the pressures of surplus population in all BUT WHICH of the following ways?
(a) Greater food production.
(b) Immigration.
(c) Territory expansion.
(d) Advance into world markets.

5. 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) Six months.
(c) One year.
(d) A few weeks.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "The Fall of Nanking," how many divisions does the commander in charge of Nanking give authority to cross the Yangtze River?

2. Which of the following people is alone in advocating a strong defense for Nanking in November of 1937?

3. On December 13, 1937, Japanese soldiers are ordered to execute all Chinese prisoners of war for all BUT WHICH of the following reasons?

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

5. What mood does the commander of Nanking find when he arrives at the river dock?

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. In what way can we now think of Nanking as a different sort of turning point, according to Kirby?

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

4. In the Introduction, Chang states that various countries view World War II as having different start dates. To what can this disagreement be attributed?

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

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

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

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

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

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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