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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. 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) 150,000.
(c) 200,500.
(d) 110,000.

2. What can be considered ironic about John Rabe as a defender of the Safety Zone?
(a) He is a Nazi.
(b) He doesn't speak any Asian languages.
(c) He accomplishes good by accident.
(d) He is Japanese.

3. Kirby mentions in the Foreword that the Rape of Nanking accomplished what in the eyes of the world?
(a) Turned public opinion against China.
(b) Turned public opinion against both Japan and China.
(c) Had no effect on public opinion.
(d) Turned public opinion against Japan.

4. What is the geographical area mentioned as the main site of the Japanese/Chinese conflict at the time Nanking fell?
(a) Hunan Gorge.
(b) Sichuan Valley.
(c) Suzhou Plains.
(d) Yangtze Valley.

5. For how long does the most violent part of the Rape of Nanking last?
(a) Six days.
(b) Two years.
(c) Twelve months.
(d) Seven weeks.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. To whom does the leader of the Nationalists shift the responsibility for defending Nanking after the fall of Shanghai?

3. According to Ms. Chang, why is the Rape of Nanking not as well known as the Holocaust or Hiroshima?

4. According to the Introduction, Americans think that World War II began in which year?

5. In "The Path to Nanking," the author states that the Japanese Samurai code of conduct is called what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. Describe the process by which new Japanese soldiers were desensitized.

10. Describe the broad time line and details of the Rape of Nanking as outlined in the Introduction.

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