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. To what did the Japanese invite the Americans after the treaty signing?

2. What did the Americans undervalue of the Japanese gifts?

3. Who finally came to one of the parties between the Japanese and Americans?

4. What gifts did the Emperor never receive?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Perry's arrival precipitate?

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

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

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

5. Describe the exchange between Perry and the Japanese about shipwrecked sailors.

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

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

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

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

10. What did Commodore Perry say to the Japanese about wanting a treaty and the consequences of not getting one?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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"?

Essay Topic 2

Japan had maintained a fairly rigid policy of isolationism for many years before Commodore Perry arrived, except for a brief period of more openness in the 1500s. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term isolationism mean in context of a country's foreign policy?

2. Discuss three reasons the ruling class of Japan may have had to maintain a policy of isolationism.

3. Discuss three reasons you think the policy of isolationism was not beneficial to the Japanese people.

4. Do you think in this century (end of first decade of 21st century), it is possible for

Essay Topic 3

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?

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