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

2. In "The Fate of the Survivors," during what year does Lewis Smythe leave his job at Nanking University for Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky?

3. Segments of the diary writer's film in "What the World Knew" are eventually included in a documentary entitled "Why We Fight: Battle of China" by which director?

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

5. Which of the following individuals is the Japanese minister of education who kills his career when he states that the Rape of Nanking is "just a part of war" in "The Forgotten Holocaust"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the role of Chang's parents in the writing of this book.

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

4. Describe Nanking's economic situation after the massacre.

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

6. Describe the efforts of Japanese textbook editors to censor information about the Rape of Nanking in school textbooks.

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Given Matsui's absence during most of the atrocities during the first several weeks of the occupation, historians have long been puzzled by his willingness to take complete blame for the Rape of Nanking. Discuss three possible reasons for Matsui's behavior. Include historical research and supporting material from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss and analyze the Japanese propaganda to the world in general and the population of Nanking in particular during the occupation. Include supporting material from the text.

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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