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 did Perry insist upon when the Japanese repeated their request that the Americans go to Nagasaki?

2. Who was Amaterasu?

3. What did the groups of five families have to do?

4. What did the people not know existed?

5. What was one of the characteristics of this era in question #73?

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the lead Shogun at the time of Commodore Perry's arrival.

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

3. Who were the daimyos?

4. What did the native Japanese who served the Dutch have to do?

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

6. Describe the scene as the ships steamed into the harbor.

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

8. Describe the scene when the Susquehanna and Mississippi landed.

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

10. What was Edo's first response to the messengers and why is it amazing?

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

In the world of academe, historical fiction is often considered an inferior form of the novel compared to "classic" literature. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think historical fiction might be considered second-rate compared to the classics, such as books by an author such as Charles Dickens?

2. Do you think historical fiction has the same elements as the classics? Why or why not?

3. What are the purposes do you think for people reading "the classics"? What are the purposes for people reading historical fiction? Is one purpose better than another? Explain your response.

4. Would you read historical fiction even outside an educational setting? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The Industrial Revolution is mentioned a number of times in the novel Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast the level of technology present in Japan to the level present in the United States in the mid-1800s.

2. Research and discuss the technological inventions that amazed the Japanese people: These include the steam engine, telegraph, camera, telescope, rifles and folding ladder. When was each invented? How different was the invention then compared to a similar thing today? Are any of the "new" inventions from that time no longer in use now? Which ones? Why are they no longer in use?

3. The Shogunate deliberately kept Japan from becoming industrialized through keeping Japan isolated. Discuss why you think the Shogunate made this decision.

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