Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun Test | Final 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. How many ships were in his sailing party this time?

2. How many Japanese commissioners met Commodore Perry and his group?

3. What did Perry decide as far as Shimoda and Hakodate was concerned?

4. Why did Perry's ships avoid getting too close to Edo?

5. What gifts did the Emperor never receive?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Commodore Perry happy with the treaty?

2. What gifts most fascinated the Japanese?

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

4. Where did Commodore Perry decide to visit?

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

6. What was Hokkaido like and how did the first contact with them go for the Americans?

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

8. What were some of the squadron members permitted to do?

9. What Japanese awaited Perry and his staff?

10. What did the Japanese do after the treaty and what impressed the Americans about the Japanese?

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

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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