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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. After completing their research, authors James Yin and Shi Young believe the Nanking death toll may be what number?
(a) 130,000.
(b) 250,000.
(c) 320,000.
(d) 400,000.

2. What item has Ms. Chang found, belonging to John Rabe, that is mentioned in the Foreword?
(a) Newspaper.
(b) Photographs.
(c) Home videos.
(d) Diary.

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) 90,000.
(b) 300,000.
(c) 204,000.
(d) 15,000.

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

5. In the Introduction, the author cites what fact as her primary motivation for writing this book?
(a) Chinese indifference to the victims.
(b) American ignorance of the massacre.
(c) African massacres.
(d) Japanese distortion of history.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year does China's war with Japan end?

2. What is the geographical area mentioned as the main site of the Japanese/Chinese conflict at the time Nanking fell?

3. According to Ms. Chang, why is the Rape of Nanking not as well known as the Holocaust or Hiroshima?

4. Ms. Chang informs the reader that the Rape of Nanking is told from all BUT WHICH of the following points of view?

5. In "The Nanking Safety Zone," which individual does Chang first discuss?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. At what point does the author state that she became aware of the Rape of Nanking, and what caused her to doubt the accuracy of the information with which she had been presented?

5. According to Kirby, what haunts Chinese-Japanese relations today, and why?

6. As discussed in "The Fall of Nanking," what are the reasons historians have found for why Nanking fell in four days with so many Chinese soldiers present to defend the city?

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

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

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

10. Describe Matsui Iwane's reaction to the events in Nanking after he was once again well enough to take command of the soldiers.

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