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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. After the order to retreat is given, what route is left open to leave Nanking without encountering Japanese soldiers?
(a) West.
(b) North.
(c) East.
(d) South.

2. For Asian nations, World War II can be dated from which year?
(a) 1931.
(b) 1935.
(c) 1939.
(d) 1941.

3. By which decade does the author state in "The Path to Nanking" that Japan had launched an undeclared war on China?
(a) 1940s.
(b) 1930s.
(c) 1950s.
(d) 1920s.

4. In "Six Weeks of Horror," who is the woman who fights back against the Japanese rapists?
(a) Li Xouying.
(b) Sun Zhaiwei.
(c) Ohta Hisao.
(d) Liu Fang-chu.

5. In "The Fall of Nanking," Chang states that Nanking has been occupied by foreign armies how many times?
(a) Six.
(b) One.
(c) Three.
(d) Eight.

Short Answer Questions

1. On which of the following persons does Chang NOT concentrate during "The Nanking Safety Zone" chapter?

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

3. What title does Kirby hold that qualifies him to write the Foreword for Ms. Chang's book?

4. In the 12th Century, the Samurai became firmly established by which powerful Japanese family?

5. Which of the following military commanders is initially in charge of the Japanese imperial army for the Shanghai-Nanking region?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. According to the Epilogue, what is one of the greatest ironies of the cold war?

5. Briefly describe the medical experiments conducted by the Japanese on citizens of Nanking. How many are killed in this manner?

6. Explain Matsui Iwane's philosophy about China as discussed in the Epilogue.

7. Why are John Rabe's diary accounts of Nanking so explosive and important when they are finally released?

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

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

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

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