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

2. According to the Introduction, Europeans date the beginning of World War II in which year?
(a) 1939.
(b) 1931.
(c) 1941.
(d) 1935.

3. Approximately how many Chinese civilians and former soldiers are killed during the mass execution near Mufu Mountain?
(a) 57,000.
(b) 30,000.
(c) 12,000.
(d) 104,000.

4. Tuberculosis strikes the first commander of the Japanese military. Who then takes over as the leader of the troops around Nanking?
(a) Yanagawa.
(b) Nakajima.
(c) Asaka.
(d) Matsui.

5. Kirby mentions in the Foreword that Nanking prompted China to do all BUT WHICH of the following?
(a) Outlast.
(b) Retreat.
(c) Regroup.
(d) Give up.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Kirby mentions in the Foreword that the Rape of Nanking accomplished what in the eyes of the world?

3. In comparison to Germany, what percentage of war reparations has Japan paid the victims of Nanking?

4. In "The Fall of Nanking," Chang states that Nanking has been occupied by foreign armies how many times?

5. Looting in the Safety Zone makes food so scarce that refugees are forced to eat all BUT WHICH of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What reasons does Chang give in the Introduction as to why the Rape of Nanking is not as well known as the Holocaust or other tragic events?

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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