Introduction To Japan/Japanese

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Introduction To Japan/Japanese

31 questions about Japan, the language, and the culture (including pop-culture) designed for Mr. Starr's first-year students. A handful of questions are based on information given in my classes, but others who are interested in Japanese language and/or culture can still enjoy taking the quiz. All of the answers were up-to-date as of August 18,2010.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Japanese combines 4 types of writing.  What kind of characters are these?  →   日本 
    • A. 

      Rōmaji

    • B. 

      Hiragana

    • C. 

      Katakana

    • D. 

      Kanji

    • E. 

      Eigo

  • 2. 
    What do each of these 2 characters represent?  →   日本(Your answer should be given in the following format:  word, word) 
  • 3. 
    How is the following word pronounced?  →   日本(Capitalize the first letter of your answer.)
  • 4. 
    A common nickname for Japan is ...(Hint:  Six words beginning with "The".  No other capital letters required.)
  • 5. 
    What does the following word mean in English?  →   日本語
    • A. 

      Land of the Rising Sun

    • B. 

      Japanese person

    • C. 

      Japanese language

    • D. 

      Chinese characters

    • E. 

      The number 5

  • 6. 
    Which writing system is used to write words borrowed from other languages?
    • A. 

      Rōmaji

    • B. 

      Hiragana

    • C. 

      Katakana

    • D. 

      Kanji

    • E. 

      Eigo

  • 7. 
    To help you become faster at looking up words in a Japanese to English dictionary, your teacher (Mr. Starr) taught you a little nonsensical phrase.  The first letters of the words show Japanese alphabetical order.The phrase starts with:  "A kid said to ..."Fill in the rest of the phrase.(Hint:  Seven more words required.  No capital letters or any kind of punctuation required.)
  • 8. 
    Name Japan’s 4 closest neighboring countries in alphabetical order.(Hint:  Capitalize each country's name.  Each name is limited to 2 words or less.Your answer should be given in the following format:  _____, _____, _____, _____)
  • 9. 
    How many major islands make up Japan?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      4

    • C. 

      5

    • D. 

      6

    • E. 

      3,000

  • 10. 
    What two cities were hit by atomic bombs in early August of 1945?(Captialize the first letter of each city name.  Your answer should be given in the following format:  _____, _____)
  • 11. 
    What does the word "manga" mean in English?(Hint:  Answer in one or two words using no capital letters.)
  • 12. 
    Which is the most correct phonetic spelling of "karaoke"?
    • A. 

      Kah-roh-key

    • B. 

      Kah-rah-oh-kay

    • C. 

      Kah-ree-oh-key

    • D. 

      Kare-ee-oh-key

    • E. 

      Kar-rah-oh-key

  • 13. 
    What two numbers are considered to be the most unlucky in Japan?
    • A. 

      4 and 9

    • B. 

      6 and 8

    • C. 

      4 and 8

    • D. 

      8 and 9

    • E. 

      6 and 13

  • 14. 
    "U" in Japanese, is pronounced like the vowel sound in which of the following words?
    • A. 

      Wood

    • B. 

      Cut

    • C. 

      Full

    • D. 

      Rude

    • E. 

      Faux pas

  • 15. 
    What is the name of the current Japanese Prime Minister?(Answer quickly, it could change at any moment!)
    • A. 

      Abe Shinzō

    • B. 

      Aso Tarō

    • C. 

      Fukuda Yasuo

    • D. 

      Kan Naoto

    • E. 

      Hatoyama Yukio

  • 16. 
    What does 才 mean?
    • A. 

      The letter "O"

    • B. 

      The number 7

    • C. 

      "I" or "me"

    • D. 

      "samurai"

    • E. 

      "years old"

  • 17. 
    Finish this Japanese proverb:  "The protruding nail..."
    • A. 

      Sticks out

    • B. 

      Will be removed

    • C. 

      Gets bent

    • D. 

      Gets hammered

    • E. 

      Draws attention to itself

  • 18. 
    What is "Doraemon"?
    • A. 

      A sort of duck-shaped tamagotchi character with a protruding mouth. (A tamagotchi is a digital pet housed in a small and simple egg-shaped computer with 3 buttons.)

    • B. 

      A fictional robotic cat who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a schoolboy named Nobita. He has a 4-dimensional pocket from which he produces many gadgets, medicines, and tools from the future.

    • C. 

      A fictional character of the Dragon Ball universe. He is an overweight samurai considered to be rude, unmannered, timid, lazy, and cowardly. He helps Goku prepare for the battle against Piccolo Daimao.

    • D. 

      A rare a grass- and flying-type Pokémon, an advanced form of one of the 107 new pokémon introduced in the fourth generation and playable only on the Pokémon Platinum game for the Nintendo DS.

    • E. 

      A winged draconic knight Digimon who wears Chrome-Digizoid body-armor. Among the Royal Knights, he is known for possessing the greatest physical strength, as well as amazing defense and tremendous speed due to his ability to fly. He is known as the "Passionate Warrior."

  • 19. 
    What is the name of the show of my favorite Japanese animated family.  It translates as "My home" or "My family."
    • A. 

      Sazae-san

    • B. 

      Ojarumaru

    • C. 

      Atashinchi

    • D. 

      Chibi Maruko

    • E. 

      Nintama Rantarō

  • 20. 
    Which of the following martial arts did NOT originate in Japan?
    • A. 

      Karate

    • B. 

      Judō

    • C. 

      Jujutsu

    • D. 

      Kendō

    • E. 

      Aikidō

  • 21. 
    Which of the following was invented by Japanese?(Hint: There is more than one correct answer.)
    • A. 

      Compact disk and CD-roms

    • B. 

      Walkman

    • C. 

      Fortune cookies

    • D. 

      Soy sauce

    • E. 

      The novel

  • 22. 
    One of the rules included in the Japanese middle school student handbook shared in Mr. Starr's class stated that... "Girls should wear only regulation white _____ of 100% cotton.
    • A. 

      Stockings

    • B. 

      Socks

    • C. 

      Shirts

    • D. 

      Undershirts

    • E. 

      Underpants

  • 23. 
    Which of the following types of noodles did NOT originate in Japan?
    • A. 

      Ramen

    • B. 

      Shirataki

    • C. 

      Soba

    • D. 

      Somen

    • E. 

      Udon

  • 24. 
    Which of the following popular Japanese dishes was adopted from Portuguese cuisine?
    • A. 

      Okonomiyaki

    • B. 

      Sashimi

    • C. 

      Sukiyaki

    • D. 

      Sushi

    • E. 

      Tempura

  • 25. 
    Sumō is the name of the centuries old competitive contact sport born in Japan wherein large wrestlers wearing only belts wrapped around their midsection attempt to force each other out of a circular ring or to touch the ground with anything other than the soles of the feet.The current grand champion of sumō is from which of the following countries?
    • A. 

      Bulgaria

    • B. 

      Hawaii (U.S.)

    • C. 

      Japan

    • D. 

      Mongolia

    • E. 

      Russia