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. Where were some members of the squadron permitted to walk?

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

3. Why did Commodore Perry bring many gifts on his ships?

4. When did the Japanese and Commodore Perry sign a treaty?

5. What was another reason Perry was happy with the treaty?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What Japanese awaited Perry and his staff?

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

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

7. When did the Shogun die and why was that of concern to Commodore Perry?

8. How did the two cultures meet face to face and what did the people of the two countries think of the other?

9. What were some of the impacts of the treaty signing between the Americans and the Japanese?

10. On April 10th, 1854, where did the Commodore take one of his ships and what was the result?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When Shogun Ieyasu died in 1616, being a Christian became punishable by death and Christians were persecuted en masse. The cross was stamped annually and even in the nineteenth century, the Dutch and formerly Christian Japanese families were force to stamp Christian symbols. Discuss the following:

1. Research the persecution of Christians in Japan in under the Tokugawa Shoganate and write an informative essay about the topic. Include your thoughts on why the Shoganate was ohstile towards Christianity and whether you think the hostility had any justification.

2. How do you think Japanese Chrisitans could have impacted the status quo? Consider the idea that all are equal in God's eyes according to many Christian denominations.

3. What is an example of a nation in the 21st century who practices religious intolerance? Compare/contrast their manifestation of intolerance with that of Japan in earlier centuries.

4. What do you think is the reason some people/nations are intolerant of religions that are different from their own?

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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