Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun Test | Mid-Book 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. What was special about Edo?

2. Why were the feudal lords required to leave their wives and children in Edo?

3. What was the impression of Japan by most of the Americans?

4. What was Edo?

5. How is the place where the enormous ships appear described?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the role of the Emperor of Japan at that time.

2. What did the Japanese try to do and what did Commodore Perry order his men to do and why?

3. Describe the life of the Dutch who resided in Deshima.

4. What happened on Friday, July 8th, 1853, at the opening of the book?

5. Who were the lower classes in the cities and what was one advantage to their class?

6. What percentage of Japanese were farmers and what was their life like?

7. Why did the Dutch submit to the rigid restrictions of the Japanese?

8. Where did messengers ride when the ships were spotted, and what was the consequence?

9. Describe the two opposing camps to the idea of a treaty with the Americans.

10. What was the composition of the American forces arriving in Japan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

The setting of Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun is quite important. Research the feudal system under which Japan existed in the mid 19th century and answer the following questions:

1. How was the feudal system organized? Could one move from the class of their birth to another class? Who was responsible for the protection of the peoples of Japan? Who made the decisions?

2. Discuss three advantages and three disadvantages of the feudal system.

3. What did the Americans seem to think of the feudal system? Give examples.

4. Did your research reveal any countries today that are organized in a feudal-like system? Discuss any that are mentioned.

5. Why do you think most countries abandoned the feudal system?

Essay Topic 3

Most protagonists are a mixture of admirable traits and character flaws, and Commodore Perry is no exception.

1. Trace and analyze situations when Commodore Perry demonstrates his admirable traits. Give specific examples to illustrate your analysis.

2. Trace and analyze Commodore Perry's character flaws, and explain how the flaws help or hinder his obtaining his objectives.

3. After analyzing Commodore Perry's strengths and weaknesses, decide if he is an appropriate "hero" of the story. Is there anyone else who might be a more admirable "hero"?

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