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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was special about Commodore Perry being received by the Japanese?
(a) He was the first Western ambassador to be received in over two hundred years.
(b) They ignored the Japanese laws against such a meeting.
(c) His parents had been missionaries to Japan.
(d) They greeted him with a special designation no other white man had received.

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

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

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

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

6. What did Perry insist upon when the Japanese repeated their request that the Americans go to Nagasaki?
(a) Perry wanted his letter answered first.
(b) They could not make it all that far.
(c) They needed a few days to get water and wood.
(d) They did not want to treat with the Dutch since they were at war with them.

7. About what percent of the population were farmers in the mid-nineteenth century in Japan?
(a) 97.
(b) 80.
(c) 50.
(d) 25.

8. What happened in Edo when the messengers arrived?
(a) The city fell into chaos.
(b) The Emperor dispatches a huge army to meet the ships.
(c) The people all calmly gathered to pray.
(d) The Emperor decided to go meet the ships.

9. What group has held power for the last seven hundred years?
(a) The Komeiri dynasty.
(b) The Ming dynasty.
(c) No one group.
(d) The Shoguns.

10. About how many naval men were aboard the ships?
(a) 150.
(b) 250.
(c) 1000.
(d) 560.

11. What did the Japanese who served the Dutch swear?
(a) None.
(b) Not to give away any of the traders secrets.
(c) To protect the traders with their lives.
(d) A blood oath not to become friendly towards the traders.

12. Who were thought to be ruffians?
(a) The daimyo.
(b) The peasants.
(c) The artisians.
(d) The Ronin samurai.

13. Why did the English stop trading in 1623?
(a) It was no longer profitable.
(b) They were forced to after a Christian symbol was found on one of their traders.
(c) The King of England declared it illegal to trade with Japan.
(d) They had to get back home because of war.

14. What are two of the ships doing that scares some of the inhabitants?
(a) Shooting cannons.
(b) Streaming smoke.
(c) Waving flags.
(d) Firing muskets.

15. What are two exports the United States is hoping to gain from Japan?
(a) Fish and jade.
(b) Fish and coal.
(c) Coal and whale oil.
(d) Whale oil and jade.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why couldn't the Americans stay in Edo Bay?

2. What did the Japanese have no knowledge of?

3. What were the Mississippi and Susquehanna?

4. Who was Komei?

5. Who was Amaterasu?

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