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 how long does the most violent part of the Rape of Nanking last?

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

3. What is the name of the ship on which most foreign diplomats leave Nanking right before it falls to the Japanese?

4. After the Japanese victory at Shanghai, Chinese officials do all BUT WHICH of the following to prepare for possible attacks elsewhere?

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 Robert Wilson's role in the Nanking Safety Zone.

2. As the Japanese army begins mass executions in Nanking, what becomes their most pressing problem, and how do they resolve it?

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

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

7. 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?

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. Describe how Tang Shunsan was able to survive his encounter with Japanese soldiers.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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