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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 states that all BUT WHICH of Japan's following actions took place in stark contrast to conventional rules of warfare?
(a) Execution of soldiers.
(b) Rape of civilians.
(c) Occupation.
(d) Execution of civilians.

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

3. Japan succeeded in accomplishing war with China during the summer of which year?
(a) 1942.
(b) 1924.
(c) 1937.
(d) 1932.

4. By December during the occupation, Chang states that the population of Nanking has fallen to about how many people?
(a) Three million.
(b) Fifty thousand.
(c) Half a million.
(d) Four thousand.

5. What nationality is John Rabe?
(a) Japanese.
(b) English.
(c) German.
(d) Chinese.

Short Answer Questions

1. In his book, Lieutenant Colonel Hashimoto Kingoro wrote that Japan could escape the pressures of surplus population in all BUT WHICH of the following ways?

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

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

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

5. After the order to retreat is given, what route is left open to leave Nanking without encountering Japanese soldiers?

Short Essay Questions

1. As discussed in "Six Weeks of Horror," why will the world never fully understand the psychic toll taken on the women of Nanking, despite best efforts to accurately count the number of rapes?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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