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

2. 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) January 3.
(b) November 26.
(c) December 11.
(d) December 29.

3. Why do the Japanese soldiers generally kill the women they rape after they've finished?
(a) So that angry husbands won't know who to blame.
(b) Rape is officially prohibited by military command.
(c) In order to relieve the dishonor for the woman's family.
(d) They don't want to pay the women their fee.

4. As discussed in "Six Weeks of Horror," Wu Tienwei believes that the actual death toll in Nanking may be what number?
(a) 150,000.
(b) 200,500.
(c) 340,000.
(d) 110,000.

5. In what year does the Meiji government of Japan send a naval fleet to Korea to force a commerce agreement?
(a) 1794.
(b) 1990.
(c) 1675.
(d) 1876.

Short Answer Questions

1. For Asian nations, World War II can be dated from which year?

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

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

4. In which year does a group of officers launch a coup d'etat in Tokyo that kills the Prime Minister?

5. Approximately how many Chinese civilians and former soldiers are killed during the mass execution near Mufu Mountain?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

10. Briefly describe the three different occupations of Nanking.

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