The Rape of Nanking Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Iris Chang
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In what year does the Meiji government of Japan send a naval fleet to Korea to force a commerce agreement?

4. The Foreword mentions that the Rape of Nanking has haunted Chinese-Japanese relations for how many years?

5. In the Introduction, Ms. Chang quotes which of the following authors as stating that to forget a holocaust is to kill twice?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Emperor Hirohito never face any sort of consequence for his role in the Rape of Nanking or other events during the war?

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

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

6. Describe what happened to Azuma Shiro, as discussed in "The Forgotten Holocaust."

7. Briefly describe the fate of Minnie Vautrin after the Nanking massacre.

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

9. Briefly discuss Ishihara Shintaro's assertions set forth in "The Forgotten Holocaust" about how the Rape of Nanking is a lie.

10. What information and assistance do the surviving American and European eyewitnesses and their families give Chang?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the text, discuss three ways in which the International Safety Zone Committee was able to turn and shape worldwide public opinion about the events in Nanking.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the factors and events after the Rape of Nanking that allowed this event to be buried for so long. Include the perspectives of China, Japan, and the United States and the reasons each country may have had to ignore this tragedy.

Essay Topic 3

Emperor Hirohito and his family were granted immunity for all wartime actions in exchange for Japan's surrender. In a well-developed essay, discuss whether or not this action was justified. Use supporting material from the text to analyze how much the emperor knew of the events in Nanking, and to what extent other members of the imperial family should or should not have been held accountable.

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