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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. Tuberculosis strikes the first commander of the Japanese military. Who then takes over as the leader of the troops around Nanking?
(a) Nakajima.
(b) Matsui.
(c) Yanagawa.
(d) Asaka.

2. What World War II event has helped the world believe the myth that Japan was a victim and not an instigator?
(a) Holocaust.
(b) Nanking.
(c) Pearl Harbor.
(d) Hiroshima.

3. Approximately how many Chinese civilians and former soldiers are killed during the mass execution near Mufu Mountain?
(a) 104,000.
(b) 57,000.
(c) 12,000.
(d) 30,000.

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

5. Which of the following does the author NOT discover is a published book on the subject of Nanking?
(a) Tree of Heaven.
(b) Tend of Orange Mist.
(c) Two Months of Terror.
(d) Undeniable History in Photographs.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the Japanese imperial army major who writes a report of confession while awaiting trial for his crimes?

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

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

4. In comparison to Germany, what percentage of war reparations has Japan paid the victims of Nanking?

5. In the 12th Century, the Samurai became firmly established by which powerful Japanese family?

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. Describe the attitude of Lieutenant Colonel Hashimoto Kingoro about Japan's future in his book, quoted in "The Path to Nanking."

7. Chang states in the Introduction that the Rape of Nanking surpasses many of the world's most barbaric events. To which events does she refer, and why was Nanking worse?

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

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

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

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