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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 the order to retreat is given, what route is left open to leave Nanking without encountering Japanese soldiers?
(a) West.
(b) North.
(c) South.
(d) East.

2. All BUT WHICH of the following groups of citizens remain in Nanking after the soldiers leave the city?
(a) Poor.
(b) Elderly.
(c) Children.
(d) Government leaders.

3. In "Six Weeks of Horror," Chang states that prior to the war, the population of Nanking is about how many people?
(a) One million.
(b) Eight thousand.
(c) One hundred thousand.
(d) Six million.

4. During which year does the author say she first realized the Nanking massacre was historically accurate and not simply myth?
(a) 1972.
(b) 2005.
(c) 1987.
(d) 1994.

5. Decades later, what is still stunning about the way in which the Rape of Nanking was conducted?
(a) It was very short.
(b) It was a public rampage.
(c) It went on for so long.
(d) It was limited to the military population.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Introduction, the author cites what fact as her primary motivation for writing this book?

2. What World War II event has helped the world believe the myth that Japan was a victim and not an instigator?

3. Why, according to Kirby, is Ms. Chang's book so important?

4. Shao Tzuping, one of the producers of a documentary on The Rape of Nanking, had served in all BUT WHICH of the following positions?

5. Chang states in "Six Weeks of Terror" that one of the Japanese military leaders is known as "the masked shogun" because information about this person is scarce. To which leader does she refer?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the preparations the Chinese government ordered the citizens to undertake in order to prepare for possible invasions after the fall of Shanghai.

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

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

5. Briefly describe the three different occupations of Nanking.

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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