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. How long does Japan initially believe it will take to conquer mainland China?

2. In "Six Weeks of Terror," what is the primary Japanese strategy for the invasion of 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 the Introduction, Africans believe World War II began in which year?

5. The commander of Nanking is supposed to be at the docks to evacuate the city by 6:00 pm. What time is it when he actually arrives?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly describe the three different occupations of Nanking.

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

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

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. 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?

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

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

8. According to the Introduction, in what two ways was Japan's mindset as it set out to conquer neighboring nations similar to the way Nazi Germany's mindset would be a few years later? How are the two tactics related?

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. In "Six Weeks of Horror," why do the Chinese civilians in Nanking initially believe that the Japanese occupation may not be so bad?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the various responses of the Chinese women in Nanking to the widespread rapes committed by Japanese soldiers. Why did so few women fight back? Be sure to include the responses of the women who found themselves pregnant afterward, and also include supporting material from the text.

Essay Topic 2

In most successful wars and occupations, the master-race theme is often present. Japan used the master-race mentality to justify its occupation of China, just as Nazi Germany used the master-race idea to justify its crimes against Jews, gypsies, and other political "undesirables." Why is this mindset important in Nanking? What does it accomplish? How might Japan's occupation of Nanking have been different if Japanese soldiers did NOT view themselves as more worthy than the Chinese civilians?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the historical vision of Nanking with the version seen after the Japanese occupation. What major changes could be noticed? How had the population changed? How had the focus of the city changed?

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