World History
Japan Quiz
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TRUE / NOT TRUE.  If the statement is entirely TRUE, then write “T” on the answer sheet.  If the statement is partially or completely false, write “F” on the answer sheet.
1) The duties of the emperor include making decisions regarding which lord will defend the Japanese Empire.
2) The Kuge are made up of farmers and samurai.
3) The emperor of Japan can trace his lineage back to the very first emperor of Japan.  The family, which produces the emperor, has never been replaced with another family.
4) Shinto is a religion unique to Japan, which worships spirits and various gods found in nature.
5) Confucian philosophies influenced the Bushido.
6) Western religions, such a Christianity and Judism, are similar to Zen Buddhism in that they both are highly organized and structured faiths, based on a central figure like a messiah or god-head.
7) Japan is located west of the eastern seaboard (New York, Massachusetts, Maine) of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean.
8) Japan is an island.
9) In feudal Japan, Shoguns have more military and political power than the emperor does.
10) A “koan” is a Zen prayer offered to a natural spirit, which protects a town or small city.

Multiple Choice.  Choose the BEST answer.
11) Which of following does not influence Bushido ideas and custom?
a) Legalists
b) Buddhism
c) Zen
d) Shinto
12) Which of the following has the least social status in feudal Japan?
a) Bushido
b) Kuge
c) Farmers
d) Merchants
13) Which of the following statements best describes the duties of the Buke?
a) aristocrats who serve the emperor in the court
b) farmers who are loyal to their local lord
c) farmers who are trained in the ways of the samurai
d) aristocrats who serve the emperor by ruling various clans
14) Buddhism contributes to the training of a Samurai by:
a) teaching respect for elders and those who have status in society
b) teaching one not to fear death
c) teaching loyalty and patriotism
d) all of the above
15) Which of the following is not a “teaching” of Zen?
a) depending on oneself for wisdom
b) the value of intuition over intellectualization
c) discipline the mind
d) the power of mind over the emotional nature
16) Merchants’ social standing is hindered because:
a) most of the Japanese citizens are poor
b) merchants are often associated with raising prices on goods
c) merchants make money off other’s work
d) all of the above
17) Which of the following does a Bushido warrior believe is lowly?
a) religion
b) money lenders
c) crooked and unjust actions
d) farmers & craftsmen who do not fight for their lord

TRUE / NOT TRUE.  If the statement is entirely TRUE, then write “T” on the answer sheet.  If the statement is partially or completely false, write “F” on the answer sheet.
18) “Kami” means divine.
19) The religion of Shinto is practiced in great buildings, where local townspeople meet for festivals each month.
20) “Norito” is a word which refers to various spirits.


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