Japanese History Trivia Quiz

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How much do you love Japan? It's a wonderful and advanced country, isn't it? What do you know about Japanese history? It's a Japanese history trivia quiz. Yes, we are not here to discuss what Japan is now but what it used to be. This quiz will deal with some ancient or maybe medieval Japanese facts. If you think you know enough about Japanese history, try to score the highest marks. Wish you good luck and have fun!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Feudal Japan was divided into smaller sections, each controlled by a:

    • A.

      Daimyo

    • B.

      Shogun

    • C.

      Ronin

    • D.

      Samurai

    Correct Answer
    A. Daimyo
    Explanation
    Feudal Japan was divided into smaller sections, each controlled by a daimyo. The daimyo were powerful landowners and feudal lords who ruled over their own territories. They were responsible for maintaining law and order, collecting taxes, and providing military service to the shogun, the supreme military commander. The daimyo held significant power and influence in their respective regions, often having their own samurai warriors under their command. They played a crucial role in the feudal system of Japan, contributing to the political and social structure of the country during that time.

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  • 2. 

    The samurai lived by a strict code of honor known as:

    • A.

      Seppuku

    • B.

      Zen

    • C.

      Bushido

    • D.

      Shinto

    Correct Answer
    C. Bushido
    Explanation
    Bushido is the correct answer because it refers to the strict code of honor followed by samurai warriors in feudal Japan. It emphasized virtues such as loyalty, honor, courage, and self-discipline. Seppuku refers to a form of ritual suicide, Zen is a school of Buddhism, and Shinto is a traditional Japanese religion. However, none of these options represent the specific code of conduct followed by samurai, making Bushido the correct choice.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is NOT true about Japanese peasants?

    • A.

      They were often poor.

    • B.

      They could be killed for dishonoring the samurai class.

    • C.

      They could not move or marry without permission.

    • D.

      They were the lowest class in feudal society.

    Correct Answer
    D. They were the lowest class in feudal society.
    Explanation
    The statement that "They were the lowest class in feudal society" is not true about Japanese peasants. While it is true that they were often poor, could be killed for dishonoring the samurai class, and could not move or marry without permission, they were not the lowest class in feudal society. The lowest class in feudal society was the eta, who were considered to be outside of the four-class system and were treated as untouchables.

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  • 4. 

    Samurai Visited New York City in

    • A.

      1800

    • B.

      1810

    • C.

      1850

    • D.

      1860

    Correct Answer
    D. 1860
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1860 because this was the year when Japan opened its doors to the outside world after a long period of isolation. The samurai were a class of warriors in feudal Japan, and they were not allowed to leave the country during the isolation period. However, in 1860, a delegation of samurai was sent to the United States and other countries to learn about Western technology and culture. Therefore, it is likely that some samurai visited New York City in 1860 as part of this delegation.

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  • 5. 

    Three major shogunates (Kamakura, Ashikaga, Tokugawa) led Japan

    • A.

      From 978 until 1219

    • B.

      From 1192 until 1868

    • C.

      From 1729 until 1918

    • D.

      From 1892 until 1918

    Correct Answer
    B. From 1192 until 1868
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "From 1192 until 1868." This is because the Ashikaga shogunate ruled Japan from 1336 to 1573, and the Tokugawa shogunate ruled from 1603 to 1868. The Kamakura shogunate, on the other hand, ruled from 1185 to 1333. Therefore, the period from 1192 until 1868 encompasses the rule of all three major shogunates in Japan.

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  • 6. 

    Who was the Shogun (as being different from the emperor)?

    • A.

      Farmer

    • B.

      Prince

    • C.

      Surgeon

    • D.

      Military leader

    Correct Answer
    D. Military leader
    Explanation
    The Shogun was a military leader in feudal Japan who held real power and authority, unlike the emperor who was more of a figurehead. The Shogun was responsible for maintaining law and order, protecting the country from external threats, and overseeing the samurai warriors. This position held significant political and military influence, making the Shogun the de facto ruler of Japan during the feudal period.

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  • 7. 

    Samurai boys were usually given their first sword by what age?

    • A.

      5

    • B.

      7

    • C.

      10

    • D.

      They weren't given a sword until they had completed their training.

    Correct Answer
    A. 5
    Explanation
    Samurai boys were usually given their first sword at the age of 5. This suggests that at a very young age, they were introduced to the samurai culture and began their training in the art of swordsmanship. It also implies that the samurai society valued early initiation into the warrior way and believed in starting the training of young boys as early as possible. This early exposure to the sword and training would have allowed the boys to develop their skills and discipline from a young age, preparing them for their future roles as samurai warriors.

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  • 8. 

    Which philosopher informed Japan's feudal structure?

    • A.

      Plato

    • B.

      Confucius

    • C.

      Socrates

    • D.

      Buddha

    Correct Answer
    B. Confucius
    Explanation
    Confucius is the correct answer because his teachings greatly influenced Japan's feudal structure. Confucianism emphasized the importance of social hierarchy, respect for authority, and filial piety, which aligned with the values of the Japanese feudal system. Confucian ideals were adopted by the ruling class and became the basis for the hierarchical structure of the samurai and daimyo, as well as the code of conduct for the Japanese society during the feudal period.

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  • 9. 

    In ancient Japan, the emperor was seen as:

    • A.

      A powerful warrior

    • B.

      A descendent of the sun god Amaterasu

    • C.

      Ruling by a mandate from heaven

    • D.

      A barbarian conquering general

    Correct Answer
    B. A descendent of the sun god Amaterasu
    Explanation
    In ancient Japan, the emperor was believed to be a descendent of the sun god Amaterasu. This belief was rooted in the Shinto religion, which considered the emperor to be a divine figure. The emperor's lineage from Amaterasu symbolized his legitimacy and divine right to rule. This belief also reinforced the emperor's authority and elevated his status above other rulers. The idea of the emperor being a descendent of Amaterasu played a crucial role in shaping the political and religious landscape of ancient Japan.

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  • 10. 

    Who really controlled Japan?

    • A.

      The Emperor

    • B.

      Farmers

    • C.

      The Shogun

    • D.

      Daimyo

    Correct Answer
    C. The Shogun
    Explanation
    The Shogun is the correct answer because in feudal Japan, the Shogun held the real power and control over the country. The Emperor, although considered the highest authority, had limited political power and was more of a figurehead. The Shogun, on the other hand, was the military dictator who ruled in the Emperor's name and had control over the military, government, and administration of the country. The Shogunate system allowed the Shogun to have centralized control and authority, making them the true controllers of Japan during that time.

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