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. To whom does Kirby refer when he states that Ms. Chang has used the unimpeachable testimony of third-party observers?

2. Kirby mentions in the Foreword that Nanking prompted China to do all BUT WHICH of the following?

3. Japan succeeded in accomplishing war with China during the summer of which year?

4. Chang says in "The Fall of Nanking" that which of her own family members barely manage to stay together while evacuating Nanking?

5. When does the author first learn about the Rape of Nanking?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Describe the process by which new Japanese soldiers were desensitized.

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

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

7. Briefly describe the three different occupations of Nanking.

8. Briefly describe Robert Wilson's role in the Nanking Safety Zone.

9. As discussed in "The Fall of Nanking," what are the reasons historians have found for why Nanking fell in four days with so many Chinese soldiers present to defend the city?

10. Describe the methods used by the Japanese army to subdue the larger Chinese population of Nanking, as described in "Six Weeks of Terror."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The United States and other countries stepped in to put an end to Hitler's Holocaust, yet no such attempt was made to stop the atrocities in Nanking. In a well-developed essay, discuss the reasons why the world community largely stayed out of the events in Nanking, though reports of what was going on were widespread. In addition, discuss what responsibility the world has to intervene when incidents such as Nanking occur.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the social and economic factors that enabled Japan to begin feeling as though it were the victim of an international conspiracy in the years prior to Japan's attempt to conquer China. How are the factors interlinked? Was there something to Japan's feeling that it was being picked on by the international community, or were they looking for an excuse to be upset with the rest of the world? Was the international community being fair or unfair toward Japan?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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