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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was Amaterasu?
(a) The sun god.
(b) The sun goddess.
(c) The god of the stars.
(d) The moon goddess.

2. Who was Komei?
(a) The Shogun to the Emperor.
(b) The head priest.
(c) The Emperor.
(d) The head of the Emperor's council.

3. How many families could live there at a time?
(a) 12.
(b) 122.
(c) 38.
(d) 50.

4. What did those in favor of trade want from the West?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Their knowledge of the natural world.
(c) Their science, industry and wealth from trade.
(d) Their literature and poetry.

5. What warned people to flee?
(a) The priests of the temple.
(b) The men who got off the ship.
(c) Temple bells ringing.
(d) The local militia.

6. What did Commodore Perry still not understand even after help from the Dutch?
(a) Why the other countries gave up on trading with the Japanese.
(b) Who the Emperor favored.
(c) Why the Dutch did not resist the strictly-regulated relations with the Japanese.
(d) The cultural and social structure of the Japanese.

7. What did the people not know existed?
(a) Other lands.
(b) Caucasians.
(c) Steamboats.
(d) Ships that could sail so close to land.

8. What did the Shogun do?
(a) Protected the nation.
(b) Dispensed justice.
(c) Carried out the Emperor's orders.
(d) Not much; it was mainly a ceremonial rank.

9. What was the Emperor required to study?
(a) Sword fighting.
(b) Karate.
(c) Classics and poetry.
(d) Feng Shui.

10. What was the period in Japan called during the era that Perry arrived?
(a) The Great Uprising.
(b) The Sun Peace.
(c) The Great Peace.
(d) The Great River Ran.

11. What was the Japanese contact with the outside world prior to the 17th century?
(a) The author does not say.
(b) More open and they traded with a number of countries.
(c) Totally closed.
(d) The outside world had not yet discovered Japan.

12. Why did the Dutch submit to such control by the Japanese?
(a) They were foreigners in a foreign land and did not want to offend.
(b) They believed the Japanese would continue to give them a monopoly.
(c) To gain the enormous profits of trade with them.
(d) The Japanese didn't try to control the Dutch overly much.

13. When did the Shogun end relations with the Spanish and Portuguese?
(a) Never.
(b) When they were at war with England.
(c) About ten years after they arrived.
(d) When Commodore Perry arrived.

14. Why were the feudal lords required to leave their wives and children in Edo?
(a) So they could learn proper manners.
(b) They did not have to leave them if they did not want to.
(c) As hostages.
(d) Because of the lawlessness throughout Japan.

15. Under what conditions could the Dutch and English trade with the Japanese after the death of Shogun Ieyasu?
(a) As long as the products was nothing the Japanese produced.
(b) Under no conditions.
(c) As long as the Emperor received 50 percent of the profits.
(d) As long as they did not proselytize.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was special about Commodore Perry being received by the Japanese?

2. What did the rich shopkeepers live modestly?

3. About what percent of the population were farmers in the mid-nineteenth century in Japan?

4. What did the Japanese do with the first Englishman to arrive?

5. Who comprised the lower class in the cities?

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