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

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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. Which of the following does the author NOT discover is a published book on the subject of Nanking?

2. By December of 1937, how many Chinese troops populate the area around Nanking?

3. In "Six Weeks of Horror," Chang states that Japanese soldiers use all BUT WHICH of the following methods to exterminate Chinese civilians?

4. Approximately how many Chinese civilians and former soldiers are killed during the mass execution near Mufu Mountain?

5. A historian at the Jiangsu Academy of Social Sciences has compiled the most accurate estimate of how many were killed in Nanking. What figure has he reached?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. Briefly describe John Rabe's role in the Nanking Safety Zone.

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

8. As discussed in "Six Weeks of Horror," why will the world never fully understand the psychic toll taken on the women of Nanking, despite best efforts to accurately count the number of rapes?

9. According to Kirby, what haunts Chinese-Japanese relations today, and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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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