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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 the Foreword, what is the date given for the fall of Nanking?
(a) November 8.
(b) December 25.
(c) October 4.
(d) December 13.

2. Ms. Chang informs the reader that the Rape of Nanking is told from all BUT WHICH of the following points of view?
(a) Japanese military.
(b) American/European observers.
(c) Nazi government.
(d) Chinese victims.

3. Why, according to Kirby, is Ms. Chang's book so important?
(a) No one has ever talked about the event before.
(b) The book brought great publicity to Chinese Americans.
(c) The incident has largely been forgotten in the West.
(d) It is the only historical account written by a woman.

4. For Asian nations, World War II can be dated from which year?
(a) 1941.
(b) 1939.
(c) 1935.
(d) 1931.

5. The Rape of Nanking was kept quiet by all BUT WHICH of the following countries?
(a) Republic of China.
(b) United States.
(c) People's Republic of China.
(d) Germany.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year does Japan withdraw from the League of Nations?

2. According to Chang in "Six Weeks of Terror," what happens to the Japanese war criminals after Nanking?

3. Most of the Zone leaders have no bodyguard experience, and yet they accomplish all BUT WHICH of the following actions anyway?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What reasons does Chang give in the Introduction as to why the Rape of Nanking is not as well known as the Holocaust or other tragic events?

2. Describe the postwar differences between Japan and Germany that have allowed the Rape of Nanking to go largely unnoticed while the Holocaust is acknowledged world wide.

3. Why are John Rabe's diary accounts of Nanking so explosive and important when they are finally released?

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

5. Briefly describe the medical experiments conducted by the Japanese on citizens of Nanking. How many are killed in this manner?

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

7. 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?

8. Describe Nanking's economic situation after the massacre.

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

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