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

2. Chang states in "The Forgotten Holocaust" that censorship in Japan is practiced not only by the government, but also by which other entity?

3. As "What the World Knew" opens, how does the world know what's happening in Nanking?

4. Which of the following individuals is a cabinet secretary who claims that the rape victims were actually engaged in willful prostitution during "The Forgotten Holocaust"?

5. Chang states that during her visit to Nanking, she discovers that reparations from Japan in what amount would make a huge difference for the survivors?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the US response to the attack on the USS Panay?

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

3. Briefly describe the International Military Tribunal for the Far East trials.

4. Briefly discuss Ishihara Shintaro's assertions set forth in "The Forgotten Holocaust" about how the Rape of Nanking is a lie.

5. Explain the language difficulties Chang faced while finding source material for the book.

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

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

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

9. Why are the leaders of the International Safety Zone Committee particularly well-suited to tell the real story of Nanking?

10. According to "Judgment Day," the IMTFE tribunals uncovered crimes outside Nanking. Describe the information gained during the trials about Japanese atrocities.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the decision by the Chinese government to pull out of Nanking and the subsequent actions in the suburbs of the city. What reasons might the government have had for pulling out of Nanking? What steps did the government abandonment enable the Chinese military to take that they might not otherwise have been able to take?

Essay Topic 2

In most successful wars and occupations, the master-race theme is often present. Japan used the master-race mentality to justify its occupation of China, just as Nazi Germany used the master-race idea to justify its crimes against Jews, gypsies, and other political "undesirables." Why is this mindset important in Nanking? What does it accomplish? How might Japan's occupation of Nanking have been different if Japanese soldiers did NOT view themselves as more worthy than the Chinese civilians?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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