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. For Asian nations, World War II can be dated from which year?

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

3. What can be considered ironic about John Rabe as a defender of the Safety Zone?

4. What is the geographical area mentioned as the main site of the Japanese/Chinese conflict at the time Nanking fell?

5. What item has Ms. Chang found, belonging to John Rabe, that is mentioned in the Foreword?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

6. Briefly describe John Rabe'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. 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. Briefly describe the five methods of torture used by the Japanese soldiers in their attempt to exterminate the population of Nanking.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

To what factors can the behavior of Chinese soldiers and officers be attributed during the abandonment of Nanking? What mentality explains the soldiers' disorganized efforts to leave the city, and their attempts to disguise themselves so as not be recognized as soldiers?

Essay Topic 2

Has Iris Chang presented a fair and accurate discussion of the Rape of Nanking? Analyze and discuss three instances where Chang is or is not objective about the events in Nanking, and be sure to support the essay with information from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the ways in which the events in Nanking differ from a "normal" wartime occupation. How was the focus different in Nanking? In what ways does the Rape of Nanking seem more horrific than other occupations, and why? How were the rules seemingly different in this case?

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