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. What gifts did the Emperor never receive?

2. How did the people of Shimoda respond to Perry's arrival?

3. What did Commodore Perry say could start a war?

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

5. What did the people of Shimoda do for the American sailors?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What sort of gifts did the Americans give the higher ranked Japanese?

3. What horrified the Japanese about the Americans at the banquet, but how did the Japanese behave anyway?

4. When did Kayama meet with the fleet and what did he tell them?

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

6. What did Perry's arrival precipitate?

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

8. Why was Commodore Perry happy with the treaty?

9. How did the behaviors of the Shimoda villagers change and what was the result?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Commodore is in some ways a larger-than-life hero, especially considering he is an historical personage. Despite incredible odds, he accomplishes his goals. Discuss the following:

1. Does having a larger-than-life hero make that person less of a hero? In other words, which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Would you have considered Commodore Perry a hero had he not obtained a treaty with the Japanese? Would he even be mentioned except in passing in history books? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Perry who you might call a hero and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

One major theme of Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun is that of the meeting of two dissimilar cultures and how the two cultures evolved to signing a treaty of mutual benefit. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast some of the major cultural differences between the Americans and Japanese. Consider differences in the area of food, art, gender, and warfare.

2. The Japanese and the Americans each thought the other group barbaric. Discuss the term barbaric and analyze the ways in which each group applied the word to the other. Is either group accurate in naming the other barbaric? Discuss with examples.

3. Discuss the advantages of two cultures having a mutual exchange of ideas, trade and military support.

4. Discuss the disadvantages of two cultures having a mutual exchange of ideas, trade and military support.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if it is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun falls within the genre of historical fiction changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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