The Rape of Nanking Test | Final 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. Chang frequently required assistance from others because she used source material written in all BUT WHICH of the following languages?

2. Haru Murakawa organized a workshop so that Chang could meet with several Japanese and Asians about Nanking. In what year does the workshop take place?

3. Which of the following American correspondents does Chang NOT mention in the "What the World Knew" chapter?

4. Who is the final person Chang thanks in the Acknowledgments?

5. The Epilogue states that the Rape of Nanking is just one example of Japanese atrocities during how many years of war?

Short Essay Questions

1. What event finally ends the occupation of Nanking, and when does it end?

2. Briefly describe the medical experiments conducted by the Japanese on citizens of Nanking. How many are killed in this manner?

3. Why is Matsui Iwane's behavior during his war crimes trial so puzzling?

4. According to the Epilogue, what is one of the greatest ironies of the cold war?

5. Today, the Japanese government takes the position that any wartime reparation issues were dealt with in the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1952. Why is this position erroneous?

6. What contribution does Dr. Bretton Lee Douglas make to the publication of the book?

7. Why do the Japanese encourage narcotic use among the Chinese?

8. Briefly describe the fate of Minnie Vautrin after the Nanking massacre.

9. Why does Emperor Hirohito never face any sort of consequence for his role in the Rape of Nanking or other events during the war?

10. Briefly describe the fate of John Rabe after the Nanking massacre.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

From a historical perspective, discuss the reasons why Japan was able to break Nanking in four days with 90,000 Chinese soldiers present in the city. In the discussion, deal with the issues from smallest to largest impact on the fall of the city. Include supporting material from the text.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the process by which Japanese soldiers learned to view the Chinese as less than human. At what point did this conditioning begin, and what cultural factors enabled it to be so successful?

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