Chapter 12: Imperialism In China, Japan, Latin America, Mexico

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Today we’ll be taking a look at the topic of imperialism – the policy by which a country’s power and influence is extended through colonization, use of military force or any other means. What do you know about imperialism in areas like Japan, China, Latin America and Mexico?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why did Britain sell opium to China?
    • A. 

      To improve the balance of trade between Britain and China

    • B. 

      To keep the drug out of Britainto weaken the Chinese people

    • C. 

      To weaken the Chinese people

    • D. 

      To encourage the Chinese government to buy British products

  • 2. 
    What caused about 20 million deaths in a 14 year period in China?
    • A. 

      The Boxer Rebellion

    • B. 

      The Taiping Rebellion

    • C. 

      The Guangxu reforms

    • D. 

      The self-strengthening movement

  • 3. 
    What American system did the Japanese adopt during the Meiji era?
    • A. 

      A military draft

    • B. 

      Separation of local and central governments

    • C. 

      Universal public education

    • D. 

      The development of naval and land-based military operations

  • 4. 
    What was the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine?
    • A. 

      To open trade in China to all nations

    • B. 

      To annex Texas to the United States

    • C. 

      To establish the right of the United States to control the spice trade

    • D. 

      To discourage European nations from establishing colonies in Latin America

  • 5. 
    Which of the following was a result of the Spanish-American War?
    • A. 

      Spain lost control of Cuba.

    • B. 

      Panama gained its independence.

    • C. 

      Cuba broke free of U.S. influence.

    • D. 

      The Snowy Range fell to Spanish guerillas.

  • 6. 
    For what is Benito Juárez remembered?
    • A. 

      For instituting La Reforma while he was president of Mexico

    • B. 

      For defeating Texans at the siege of the Alamo

    • C. 

      For luring Emiliano Zapata into a trap and killing him

    • D. 

      For using strong-arm methods that kept him in power for 25 years

  • 7. 
    What did the Opium War and the Boxer Rebellion have in common?
    • A. 

      Both were in Japan.

    • B. 

      Both were in Africa.

    • C. 

      Both were in China.

    • D. 

      Both were in America.

  • 8. 
    What effect did the visit of Commodore Perry have on the Japanese?
    • A. 

      Japan closed its ports to all Western traders and sank deeper into isolationism.

    • B. 

      Japan declared war on Russia, China, and America to gain Korea as a buffer zone.

    • C. 

      Japan tried to build its own modern navy before Perry's return.

    • D. 

      Japan and the United States signed the Treaty of Kanagawa, allowing trade and diplomatic relations including an embassy.

  • 9. 
    What action did the United States take to gain the right to build the Panama Canal?
    • A. 

      It aided Panama's fight for independence from Colombia.

    • B. 

      It fought the Spanish-American War, defeated Spain, and gained Panama as a result.

    • C. 

      It bought the isthmus of Panama from Colombia.

    • D. 

      It invaded Mexico and forced the Mexican president to give up Panama.

  • 10. 
    What was one major result of the Spanish-American War?
    • A. 

      The United States established military bases in Mexico.

    • B. 

      The United States became an imperial power in Latin America and the Pacific.

    • C. 

      The United States built a trans-continental railroad through the southwest.

    • D. 

      The United States allowed non-citizens to vote.

  • 11. 
    Which of the following statements best summarizes Santa Anna's career?
    • A. 

      He lost the battle of the Alamo and later served as Mexican ambassador to the United States.

    • B. 

      After serving as president, he won a war against the United States and then became a permanent judge in the American Supreme Court.

    • C. 

      He helped win independence from Spain, and served as Mexico's president, but lost much territory to the United States following the Mexican-American War.

    • D. 

      After winning the war against Texans at the Alamo, he invaded the American South to start a slave rebellion with John Brown.

  • 12. 
    What did the Suez Canal and the Panama Canal have in common?
    • A. 

      They both made more direct voyages possible.

    • B. 

      They were both in Africa.

    • C. 

      They were both constructed by the same government.

    • D. 

      Both were exactly the same length.

  • 13. 
    With which nation did Japan sign the Treaty of Kanagawa, opening ports for trade?
    • A. 

      The United States

    • B. 

      Germany

    • C. 

      Britain

    • D. 

      Korea

  • 14. 
    What period of history did the Meiji era in Japan cover?
    • A. 

      1368 to 1396

    • B. 

      1533 to 1559

    • C. 

      1774 to 1791

    • D. 

      1867 to 1912

  • 15. 
    What is opium?
    • A. 

      A highly addictive narcotic drug

    • B. 

      A form of government

    • C. 

      A replacement for gunpowder

    • D. 

      A Mexican dance brought in from Western culture

  • 16. 
    In 1839, which two countries fought in the Opium War?
    • A. 

      France and Great Britain

    • B. 

      China and India

    • C. 

      Great Britain and China

    • D. 

      France and China

  • 17. 
    According to your teacher, “Hungry ________ make great revolutionaries.”
    • A. 

      Peasants

    • B. 

      9th graders

    • C. 

      Bourgeoisie

    • D. 

      Aristocrats

  • 18. 
    What causes the population of humans to rapidly increase?
    • A. 

      Extinction of kudzu

    • B. 

      Rapid increase in crop yields

    • C. 

      A new religion forms

    • D. 

      Government regulations

  • 19. 
    Hong Xiuquan, leader of the Taiping Rebellion, believed his older brother was ______.
    • A. 

      Jesus Christ

    • B. 

      Julius Caesar

    • C. 

      Muhammad

    • D. 

      Alexander the Great

  • 20. 
    By around 1900, Japan had become an Imperialist country by taking over ______.
    • A. 

      Peru and Western Russia

    • B. 

      Middle Earth

    • C. 

      Korea and parts of China

    • D. 

      Virginia

  • 21. 
    By the mid-1800’s, ______ (military dictators) came to rule much of Latin America.
    • A. 

      Caudillos

    • B. 

      Kaisers

    • C. 

      Russian Czars

    • D. 

      Conquistadors

  • 22. 
    Latin American economies became dominated by __________.
    • A. 

      Opium

    • B. 

      Tourism

    • C. 

      Urban religious leaders

    • D. 

      Cash crop agricultural exports

  • 23. 
    Prior to its independence, Texas was a part of ______. 
    • A. 

      Mexico

    • B. 

      America

    • C. 

      The Shire

    • D. 

      Canada

  • 24. 
    Thousands of English speaking _________ settled Texas in the 1820’s.
    • A. 

      Peninsulares

    • B. 

      “Anglos”

    • C. 

      Khajiits

    • D. 

      Cubans

  • 25. 
    Following the Mexican-American War, the United States gained ______.
    • A. 

      California, Arizona, and New Mexico

    • B. 

      Texas

    • C. 

      Louisiana

    • D. 

      The Confederate States of America

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