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

2. Decades later, what is still stunning about the way in which the Rape of Nanking was conducted?
(a) It was very short.
(b) It was limited to the military population.
(c) It was a public rampage.
(d) It went on for so long.

3. In what year does China's war with Japan end?
(a) 1932.
(b) 1937.
(c) 1945.
(d) 1944.

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

5. On what date does the commander who is left in charge of Nanking receive orders from the leader of the Nationalists to abandon the city?
(a) November 26.
(b) January 3.
(c) December 29.
(d) December 11.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. To which atmosphere could the elementary schools of Japan best be compared?

4. Toward the end of "The Nanking Safety Zone," Chang states that the Safety Zone holds about how many refugees?

5. In the Introduction, Ms. Chang quotes which of the following authors as stating that to forget a holocaust is to kill twice?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Chang at the end of "The Nanking Safety Zone," what is chilling about the number of refugees in the Nanking Safety Zone?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Japan occupied Nanking for eight years and set up a government of Chinese collaborators. What was that government NOT able to accomplish during those eight years?

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