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 the Japanese contact with the outside world prior to the 17th century?

2. What did the people not know existed?

3. What happened when Shogun Ieyasu died in 1616?

4. With what are the Americans impressed?

5. Why did the English stop trading in 1623?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who were the samurai?

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

3. Who is Kayama; what did he want, and what was Commodore Perry's response to him?

4. What was the Tokugawa period and some of its positive aspects?

5. What was one consequence of the Japanese's isolation for the Japanese?

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

7. What was special about the Englishman, Will Adams?

8. What happened after Shogun Ieyasu died?

9. Who were the daimyos?

10. Describe the time before this setting when the Japanese were not cut off from the rest of the world.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Despite being seen as a child of the sun goddess, Amaterasu, the Emperor only presided over religious ceremonies, and was otherwise a mere puppet. Discuss the following:

1. Who held the real power in Japan? Why? How did he/they hold on to their power?

2. How did those who held the reins of power gain that power?

3. Do you think the Emperor preferred to be a mere figurehead? Or do you think most Emperors of those times in Japan would prefer to have a voice in the decisions of the country in which he supposedly governs?

4. Research the reign of Emperor Meiji and compare/contrast his reign to that of the Emperor Komei, who held the position of Emperor when Commodore first arrived in Japan.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of the fact that the Dutch had been treating with the Japanese for many years and lived like slaves; whereas, the Americans were given comparative royal treatment.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogunand how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

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