Japanese History

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Japanese History


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  • 1. 

                                      According to legend, the Shinto Sun Goddess ______ was the Great-Grandmother of  Emperor Jimmu, the mythical founder of Japan and the Japanese Imperial family.

    • A.

      Izanami

    • B.

      Amenominakanushi

    • C.

      Amaterasu

    • D.

      Pink Lady

    • E.

      Ame-no-Uzume

    Correct Answer
    C. Amaterasu
    Explanation
    Amaterasu is the correct answer because according to legend, she is believed to be the Shinto Sun Goddess who was the Great-Grandmother of Emperor Jimmu, the mythical founder of Japan and the Japanese Imperial family.

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  • 2. 

                                    Dogū figurines date from the ________ period.

    • A.

      Jōmon

    • B.

      Kofun

    • C.

      Asuka

    • D.

      Muromachi

    Correct Answer
    A. Jōmon
    Explanation
    Dogū figurines date from the Jōmon period. The Jōmon period is the earliest known period of Japanese history, spanning from around 14,000 BCE to 300 BCE. Dogū figurines are small clay figurines that were made during this period and are considered to be some of the oldest examples of pottery in the world. They are known for their distinct and intricate designs, often depicting human figures with exaggerated features. The Jōmon period is named after the cord-marked pottery that was characteristic of this time, and it is an important period in the development of Japanese culture and society.

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  • 3. 

                                                The largest Kofun tomb is has been attributed to be the tomb of ___________ .

    • A.

      Emperor Jimmu

    • B.

      Izanami

    • C.

      Oda Nobunga

    • D.

      Emperor Nintoku

    Correct Answer
    D. Emperor Nintoku
    Explanation
    The largest Kofun tomb is attributed to Emperor Nintoku.

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  • 4. 

    The introduction of Buddhism to Japan is attributed to the ________  in 538 AD.

    • A.

      The Buddha

    • B.

      Baekje king Seong

    • C.

      Prince Shōtoku

    • D.

      Ganjin

    Correct Answer
    A. The Buddha
    Explanation
    The introduction of Buddhism to Japan is attributed to the Buddha in 538 AD. The Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama, was the founder of Buddhism and his teachings spread throughout Asia. It is believed that Buddhism was brought to Japan by Korean monks who were influenced by the teachings of the Buddha. Prince Shōtoku, although an important figure in promoting Buddhism in Japan, came later and played a significant role in its development. Ganjin, a Chinese monk, also made important contributions to Buddhism in Japan, but he arrived in the country much later. Therefore, the correct answer is the Buddha.

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  • 5. 

    Prince Shōtoku (574-622).adopted models of rank and etiquette and and his ____________ prescribed ways to bring harmony to a society chaotic in Confucian terms.

    • A.

      Nihon Shoki

    • B.

      Meiji Constitution

    • C.

      Seventeen-article constitution

    • D.

      Tale of Genji

    Correct Answer
    C. Seventeen-article constitution
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Seventeen-article constitution. Prince Shōtoku adopted models of rank and etiquette and his Seventeen-article constitution prescribed ways to bring harmony to a society chaotic in Confucian terms.

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  • 6. 

    The ________ clan dominated the Japanese politics of Heian Period (794–1185) through the monopoly of regent positions

    • A.

      Fujiwara

    • B.

      Minamoto

    • C.

      Hashomoto

    • D.

      Yoritomo

    Correct Answer
    A. Fujiwara
    Explanation
    During the Heian Period in Japan, the Fujiwara clan held significant power and influence by monopolizing the regent positions. This allowed them to control the politics of the country and exert their authority over the imperial court. The Fujiwara clan strategically married their daughters into the imperial family, ensuring their continued influence and control over the government. Their dominance in Japanese politics lasted for several centuries, until the rise of the samurai class and the Minamoto clan in the late 12th century.

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  • 7. 

    Victory the The battle of Dan-no-ura in 1185, led to the ______ clan establishing his military government ('bakufu') in Kamakura.and its leaders becoming the Shogun (hereditary military dictator).

    • A.

      Minamoto

    • B.

      Taira

    • C.

      Gempei

    • D.

      Mutsuhito

    Correct Answer
    A. Minamoto
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Minamoto. The victory of the Minamoto clan in the Battle of Dan-no-ura in 1185 allowed them to establish their military government ('bakufu') in Kamakura. As a result, the leaders of the Minamoto clan became the Shogun, which was the hereditary military dictator of Japan.

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  • 8. 

    With the rise of strong regional rulers ( daimyō ) and their victory in the  ______  (1467-77) left Kyoto devastated and effectively ended the national authority of the bakufu.The war initiated the Sengoku jidai, "the Warring States Period". This period was a long, drawn-out struggle for domination by individual daimyo, 

    • A.

      Gempei War

    • B.

      Mongolian Invasion

    • C.

      Boshin War

    • D.

      Ōnin War

    Correct Answer
    D. Ōnin War
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Ōnin War. The explanation is that the Ōnin War, which took place from 1467-1477, resulted in the devastation of Kyoto and marked the end of national authority held by the bakufu. This war also initiated the Sengoku jidai, or "the Warring States Period," which was characterized by a prolonged struggle for power among regional rulers known as daimyō.

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  • 9. 

    ________ sought to conquer Ming China, and became bogged down in a war in Korea (Imjin War) from 1592 to 1598.

    • A.

      Tokugawa Ieyasu

    • B.

      Oda Nobunaga

    • C.

      Toyotomi Hideyoshi

    • D.

      Yi Sun-shin

    Correct Answer
    C. Toyotomi Hideyoshi
    Explanation
    Toyotomi Hideyoshi sought to conquer Ming China and became involved in the Imjin War from 1592 to 1598. This war was a military campaign launched by Hideyoshi with the goal of expanding his influence and conquering Korea and eventually China. However, the war ended in a stalemate and Hideyoshi's forces were unable to achieve their objectives.

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  • 10. 

    Victory in the ________  in 1600 cleared the way for Tokugawa Ieyasu to establish Tokugawa bakufu, the last shogunate to control Japan..

    • A.

      Battle of Okehazama

    • B.

      Battle of Anegawa

    • C.

      Battle of Sekigahara

    • D.

      Battle of Seoul

    Correct Answer
    C. Battle of Sekigahara
    Explanation
    The Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 was a decisive conflict that resulted in the victory of Tokugawa Ieyasu. This victory allowed him to establish the Tokugawa bakufu, which was the last shogunate to control Japan. The battle marked the end of the Sengoku period and led to a period of stability and centralized power under the Tokugawa shogunate.

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  • 11. 

    Japanese leaders began to see Catholicism as a destabilizing influence and foreign intentions in Japan with suspicion after conquest of the Philippines by the Spanish . Japanese leaders passed laws forbidding Japanese to leave Japan and Foreigners from entering, Christianity was banned. One window to the outside world remained at Dejima where the ______ were allowed to trade. Japan remained secluded from the 1630s to 1858.

    • A.

      Americans

    • B.

      British

    • C.

      Dutch

    • D.

      Russians

    Correct Answer
    C. Dutch
    Explanation
    After the conquest of the Philippines by the Spanish, Japanese leaders became wary of foreign intentions and saw Catholicism as a destabilizing influence. In order to maintain stability and seclusion, they passed laws prohibiting Japanese citizens from leaving Japan and foreigners from entering. However, they allowed the Dutch to trade at Dejima, providing a limited window to the outside world. This suggests that the Dutch had established a relatively positive relationship with Japan during this period, making them the only foreign traders allowed in the country.

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  • 12. 

    After the defeat of the forces of the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Boshin War (1868–1869) of the Meiji Restoration, a part of the former Shogun's navy led by Admiral Enomoto Takeaki former their own short lived republic, the Republic of Ezo located in ________.

    • A.

      Hokkaido

    • B.

      Okinawa

    • C.

      Iwo Jima

    • D.

      Tsushima

    Correct Answer
    A. Hokkaido
    Explanation
    After the defeat of the forces of the Tokugawa Shogunate in the Boshin War, a faction of the former Shogun's navy, led by Admiral Enomoto Takeaki, established their own temporary republic called the Republic of Ezo. This republic was located in Hokkaido, which is the correct answer.

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  • 13. 

    Japan attacked the Russian Naval base at Port Arthur on the night of 8 February 1904, hours before a declaration of war was received by the Russian with _________.

    • A.

      A submarine attack

    • B.

      A torpedo boat attack

    • C.

      Bombardment by six battleships

    • D.

      Sneaking Japanese soldiers on Russian ships disguised as Chinese laborers

    Correct Answer
    B. A torpedo boat attack
    Explanation
    Japan attacked the Russian Naval base at Port Arthur on the night of 8 February 1904, hours before a declaration of war was received by the Russian with a torpedo boat attack.

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