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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. Toward the end of "The Nanking Safety Zone," Chang states that the Safety Zone holds about how many refugees?
(a) Nine to twelve hundred.
(b) Two to three hundred thousand.
(c) Three to four hundred.
(d) Six to eight hundred.

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. To whom does the leader of the Nationalists shift the responsibility for defending Nanking after the fall of Shanghai?
(a) Tang Sheng-chih.
(b) Chang Tien-Chun.
(c) Chiang Kai-shek.
(d) Frank Xing.

4. Kirby states that all BUT WHICH of Japan's following actions took place in stark contrast to conventional rules of warfare?
(a) Occupation.
(b) Execution of soldiers.
(c) Execution of civilians.
(d) Rape of civilians.

5. By December of 1937, how many Chinese troops populate the area around Nanking?
(a) 20,000.
(b) 90,000.
(c) 10,000.
(d) 60,000.

Short Answer Questions

1. By which decade does the author state in "The Path to Nanking" that Japan had launched an undeclared war on China?

2. The Foreword mentions that the Rape of Nanking has haunted Chinese-Japanese relations for how many years?

3. In "The Nanking Safety Zone," which individual does Chang first discuss?

4. What nationality is John Rabe?

5. What is the name of the ship on which most foreign diplomats leave Nanking right before it falls to the Japanese?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Matsui Iwane's reaction to the events in Nanking after he was once again well enough to take command of the soldiers.

4. 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?

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

6. Briefly describe the five methods of torture used by the Japanese soldiers in their attempt to exterminate the population of Nanking.

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

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

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

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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