Medieval Japan Quiz

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  • 1. 
     Japan absorbed many aspects from Chinese culture, including a new type of prose called the novel.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Two religions that coexisted together very well were [Blank] and [Blank].
  • 3. 
    Women in Medieval Japan were valued as authors, but not allowed to learn how to read and write in classical Chinese.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      The Kokinshū

    • B. 

      The Diary of Lady Murasaki

    • C. 

      Pillow Book

    • D. 

      The Tale of Genji

  • 5. 
    The Noh mask demonstrates classic Heian beauty preferences for women, including a white-powdered face, plucked eyebrows, and blackened teeth.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Lady Murasaki believed that creating an appropriate on the spot poem is an important social skill, regardless of the actual depth or quality of the poem.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    The Yakushiji temple in Nara is the oldest example of [Blank] architecture.
  • 8. 
    Lady Murasaki viewed certain social traditions of her time as making people appear [Blank].
  • 9. 
    • A. 

      Elaborately decorated stages

    • B. 

      Painted wooden masks

    • C. 

      Dance, music, and gestures used to tell underlying meaning of the story

    • D. 

      Character focus and development

    • E. 

      Themes taken from history and literature

    • F. 

      Actors were male and female

    • G. 

      Contains humorous scenes between each group of plays to balance the overall serious mood

    • H. 

      One full Noh drama is very short

    • I. 

      Only two play types, god-plays and warrior-plays