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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 the Rape of Nanking accomplished what in the eyes of the world?
(a) Had no effect on public opinion.
(b) Turned public opinion against both Japan and China.
(c) Turned public opinion against China.
(d) Turned public opinion against Japan.

2. To which atmosphere could the elementary schools of Japan best be compared?
(a) Military.
(b) College.
(c) Park.
(d) Home school.

3. In 1938, Foreign Minister Hirota Koki sends a message indicating that, a month after the massacre, the Japanese believe the Nanking death total to be what number?
(a) 15,000.
(b) 204,000.
(c) 90,000.
(d) 300,000.

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

5. In "The Fall of Nanking," how many divisions does the commander in charge of Nanking give authority to cross the Yangtze River?
(a) One.
(b) Five.
(c) Zero.
(d) Two.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. In "Six Weeks of Horror," Chang states that Japanese soldiers use all BUT WHICH of the following methods to exterminate Chinese civilians?

4. Japan succeeded in accomplishing war with China during the summer of which year?

5. What does the Japanese government do in response to the mass rape committed by soldiers in Nanking?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. What was the relationship between Chiang Kai-shek and Tang Sheng-chih at the time of the Nanking invasion?

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

6. What are the responses of Japan and China when Nanking falls, as described by William Kirby in the Foreword?

7. Describe how Tang Shunsan was able to survive his encounter with Japanese soldiers.

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

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

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

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