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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. Ms. Chang informs the reader that the Rape of Nanking is told from all BUT WHICH of the following points of view?
(a) Nazi government.
(b) American/European observers.
(c) Japanese military.
(d) Chinese victims.

2. In "The Nanking Safety Zone," which individual does Chang first discuss?
(a) American surgeon.
(b) American missionary professor.
(c) German merchant.
(d) German businessman.

3. What event does the author mention in the Introduction that prompted many Nanking survivors to speak out about the massacre?
(a) Tiananmen Square.
(b) Long March.
(c) Opium War.
(d) Pacification of Manchukuo.

4. In "Six Weeks of Horror," Chang states that Japanese soldiers use all BUT WHICH of the following methods to exterminate Chinese civilians?
(a) Death by dogs.
(b) Death by ice.
(c) Death by fire.
(d) Death by starvation.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of resistance does the Japanese army meet when it gets to Nanking?

2. The Foreword states that the occupation of Nanking was supposed to be a turning point for the Japanese in the struggle against which leader's armies?

3. By December of 1937, how many Chinese troops populate the area around Nanking?

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

5. Decades later, what is still stunning about the way in which the Rape of Nanking was conducted?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe Wilhelmina (Minnie) Vautrin's role in the Nanking Safety Zone.

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

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

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

5. In the Foreword, what does Kirby say was unique about the Rape of Nanking in regards to the way it was carried out?

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

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

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

9. In "Six Weeks of Horror," why do the Chinese civilians in Nanking initially believe that the Japanese occupation may not be so bad?

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

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