Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun Test | Final Test - Hard

Rhoda Blumberg
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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 the Emperor do after 1872?

2. What surprised the Japanese about a U.S. consul?

3. Where could consuls and agents from the United States live?

4. What did Commodore Perry do for the Japanese on his ship?

5. What did the Japanese first say to Commodore Perry's request for a treaty?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Japanese believe they had saved face, but did they really?

2. Enumerate the major points of the treaty that was signed between the United States and Japan.

3. What made Perry decide to sail to Japan despite the Shogun's death?

4. How did the Americans impress the Japanese as the Americans came ashore?

5. How did the villagers of Shimoda behave at first?

6. What was the Commodore's first impression of Shimoda.

7. What was the first approach the Japanese took towards the United States request for a treaty?

8. What Japanese awaited Perry and his staff?

9. Who was Sam Patch and why was he terrified? What happened?

10. Where did the Commodore and staff go and what bothered the Commodore about the women there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many technologically advanced cultures then as now often view those who were more agrarian or less technologically advanced as inferior. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss why you think technologically advanced cultures often believe they are superior to agrarian or less technologically advanced cultures. Include Japan and the United States from the perspective of what you have read in Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun.

2. Do you believe technologically advanced cultures are superior to agrarian or less technologically advanced cultures? Defend your view.

3. Research the topic of how technology has sometimes changed people's life for the worse and write an informative essay on the subject.

Essay Topic 2

Many authors if queried would admit that they have an agenda for writing a particular novel. Discuss the following:

1. Define and give examples of the concept of "author agenda."

2. Do you think Blumbeg has an agenda in mind when she writes Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun?

3. What do you think would be Blumberg's agenda(s) (if she has one)? Give examples to illustrate how the agenda is fulfilled.

4. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

5. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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