The Young Samurai (Halfway Quiz)

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A quick quiz to test your knowledge of 'The Young Samurai' at the halfway stage.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What was the name of the ship that Jack Fletcher was sailing on when it was attacked by Ninjas on the coast of Japan?

    • A.

      The Odyssey

    • B.

      The Alexandria

    • C.

      The Blue Harpoon

    • D.

      The Commander

    • E.

      The Persephone

    Correct Answer
    B. The Alexandria
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Alexandria. This can be inferred from the question which states that Jack Fletcher was sailing on a ship when it was attacked by Ninjas on the coast of Japan. Among the given options, The Alexandria is the only ship name mentioned that fits this scenario.

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  • 2. 

    Who killed Jack's father in a surprise Ninja attack?

    • A.

      Serpent Eye

    • B.

      Lion Eye

    • C.

      Dragon Eye

    • D.

      Eagle Eye

    • E.

      Cat's Eye

    Correct Answer
    C. Dragon Eye
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Dragon Eye because it is stated in the question that Jack's father was killed in a surprise Ninja attack, and Dragon Eye is one of the options given.

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  • 3. 

    Who found Jack and rescued him?

    • A.

      Noburo

    • B.

      Yamoto

    • C.

      Masamoto Takeshi

    • D.

      Uekiya

    Correct Answer
    C. Masamoto Takeshi
    Explanation
    Masamoto Takeshi found Jack and rescued him.

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  • 4. 

    On Jack's first day at Masamoto's home he put up a big fight when he had to -

    • A.

      Drink green tea.

    • B.

      Dress up in a kimono.

    • C.

      Take a bath.

    • D.

      Bow low to Masamoto.

    • E.

      Have a haircut.

    Correct Answer
    C. Take a bath.
    Explanation
    On Jack's first day at Masamoto's home, he resisted and fought against taking a bath. This suggests that taking a bath was something Jack did not want to do or was uncomfortable with. The other options, such as drinking green tea, dressing up in a kimono, bowing low to Masamoto, or having a haircut, do not indicate any resistance or fight from Jack. Therefore, the correct answer is taking a bath.

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  • 5. 

    The Japanese man who was so proud of his immaculate garden and befriended Jack was:

    • A.

      Taka-san

    • B.

      Jiro

    • C.

      Uekiya

    Correct Answer
    C. Uekiya
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Uekiya. This can be inferred from the given information that the Japanese man was proud of his immaculate garden and befriended Jack. Since Uekiya is the only option that is mentioned in relation to the garden, it can be concluded that he is the one who fits the description.

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  • 6. 

    'Ohayoo gozaimasu' is a Japanese greeting which means:

    • A.

      Good morning

    • B.

      Hello everyone

    • C.

      How do you do?

    • D.

      Good evening

    Correct Answer
    A. Good morning
    Explanation
    "Ohayoo gozaimasu" is a Japanese greeting commonly used to say "Good morning." In Japanese culture, it is customary to greet someone with this phrase in the morning to show respect and politeness. The phrase is a combination of "ohayoo," which means "good morning," and "gozaimasu," which is a polite form of the verb "to be." Therefore, the correct answer is "Good morning."

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  • 7. 

    What did Masamoto use to defeat Godai during the duel on the beach?

    • A.

      Katana

    • B.

      Nodachi

    • C.

      Bokken

    • D.

      Oar

    • E.

      Wakizashi

    Correct Answer
    D. Oar
    Explanation
    Masamoto used an oar to defeat Godai during the duel on the beach. This suggests that he did not have access to traditional weapons such as a katana, nodachi, bokken, or wakizashi. The use of an oar indicates that Masamoto was resourceful and able to adapt to his surroundings, using whatever was available to him as a weapon.

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  • 8. 

    Father Lucius was introduced to Jack mainly to:

    • A.

      Teach Jack about religion.

    • B.

      Give Jack another 'gaijin' to talk to.

    • C.

      Find out about Jack's past.

    • D.

      Prepare Jack for life as a samurai warrior.

    • E.

      Teach him how to speak Japanese.

    Correct Answer
    E. Teach him how to speak Japanese.
    Explanation
    Father Lucius was introduced to Jack mainly to teach him how to speak Japanese. This can be inferred from the fact that Father Lucius was a linguist and had spent many years in Japan, becoming fluent in the language. Additionally, Jack was in need of learning Japanese in order to communicate effectively and assimilate into the culture as a samurai warrior. Therefore, Father Lucius was the ideal person to guide and instruct Jack in learning the language.

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  • 9. 

    Jack learnt to wield a bokken from Yamoto. A bokken is made from:

    • A.

      Wood

    • B.

      Bronze

    • C.

      Iron

    • D.

      Steel

    Correct Answer
    A. Wood
    Explanation
    A bokken is a wooden sword used in Japanese martial arts training. It is traditionally made from wood, which makes it safer to practice with compared to a real metal sword. Wood is a common material used for bokken as it provides the necessary weight and balance for training purposes, while minimizing the risk of injury during practice sessions.

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  • 10. 

    While Jack was reading the rutter he found something his sister Jess had made for their father. Jack found a  -

    • A.

      Cloth bookmark

    • B.

      A small parchmant with a drawing of their family

    • C.

      A preserved flower

    • D.

      A hidden message in the book.

    Correct Answer
    B. A small parchmant with a drawing of their family
    Explanation
    Jack was reading the rutter when he unexpectedly came across something his sister Jess had made for their father. The fact that it is described as a "small parchment" suggests that it is a delicate and special item. Furthermore, the mention of a "drawing of their family" indicates that it holds sentimental value and serves as a reminder of their loved ones.

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  • 11. 

    What do Japanese people mean when they call someone 'gaijin'?

    • A.

      Stupid person

    • B.

      Evil person.

    • C.

      Uncivilised foreigner (a barbarian)

    • D.

      Untrustworthy person

    Correct Answer
    C. Uncivilised foreigner (a barbarian)
    Explanation
    The term 'gaijin' is a Japanese word that translates to 'foreigner' or 'non-Japanese'. However, it is often used to refer to someone who is perceived as uncivilized or unfamiliar with Japanese customs and culture. Therefore, when Japanese people call someone 'gaijin', they generally mean that the person is an uncivilized foreigner or a barbarian.

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  • 12. 

    Who was the maid killed by Dokugan Ryo in the attack at Masamoto's home?

    • A.

      Hiroko

    • B.

      Tsuyako

    • C.

      Chiro

    • D.

      Naomi

    Correct Answer
    C. Chiro
  • 13. 

    Yamoto taught Jack about the importance of kata. Kata -

    • A.

      Is the tip of the bokken that must always be kept pointing upwards.

    • B.

      Are a set pattern of movements that can be repeated so a samurai may perfect his martial arts skills.

    • C.

      Is the way to parry and strike using a bokken.

    • D.

      Is the robe that a samurai must wear to show his allegiance.

    Correct Answer
    B. Are a set pattern of movements that can be repeated so a samurai may perfect his martial arts skills.
    Explanation
    Yamoto taught Jack about the importance of kata, which are a set pattern of movements that can be repeated so a samurai may perfect his martial arts skills. This suggests that Yamoto emphasized the significance of practicing and mastering specific movements in order to improve one's abilities in martial arts.

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  • 14. 

    Masamoto told Jack that he exhibited the seven virtues of bushido a samurai must live by. Literally speaking bushido means:

    • A.

      The Might Of the Samurai

    • B.

      The Imperial Power

    • C.

      The Samurai Lessons

    • D.

      Japanese Honour

    • E.

      The Way of the Warrior

    Correct Answer
    E. The Way of the Warrior
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Way of the Warrior". This is because bushido is a Japanese term that translates to "the way of the warrior". It refers to the code of conduct and moral principles that samurais were expected to follow in feudal Japan. This code emphasized loyalty, honor, self-discipline, and bravery, among other virtues. Masamoto telling Jack that he exhibited the seven virtues of bushido implies that Jack displayed the qualities expected of a samurai.

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  • 15. 

    What is this ninja weapon called?

    • A.

      Shuriken

    • B.

      Ninjato

    • C.

      Kitana

    • D.

      Shinai

    Correct Answer
    A. Shuriken
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Shuriken. Shuriken is a traditional Japanese ninja weapon, also known as a throwing star. It is a small, handheld weapon with sharp edges and points, designed to be thrown at targets. Shurikens were commonly used by ninjas for both offensive and defensive purposes, and they were known for their ability to silently and swiftly incapacitate enemies from a distance.

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  • 16. 

    When Jack got to the samurai school (Niten Ichi Ryu) he defeated Kazuki in a contest that involved:

    • A.

      Judo

    • B.

      Holding up a sword as long as possible

    • C.

      Answering questions in zen class.

    • D.

      Wrestling

    Correct Answer
    B. Holding up a sword as long as possible
    Explanation
    Jack defeated Kazuki in a contest at the samurai school by holding up a sword as long as possible. This suggests that Jack displayed great physical strength and endurance in comparison to Kazuki and was able to maintain the sword's position for a longer duration. The contest may have been a test of both physical and mental stamina, as holding up a sword requires both physical strength and mental focus.

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  • 17. 

    The zen master, Sensei Yamada, was teaching the students how to harness the power of their ki. Sensei Yamada explained that ki was:

    • A.

      Your inner peace

    • B.

      Your belief in bushido

    • C.

      Your life force

    • D.

      Your mind's eye

    Correct Answer
    C. Your life force
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Your life force." In this context, ki refers to the energy or life force that exists within each individual. Sensei Yamada is teaching the students how to tap into and harness this inner energy for various purposes. This explanation aligns with the traditional understanding of ki in Japanese culture, where it is believed to be the vital energy that flows through all living things.

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  • 18. 

    'Doumo arigatoo' is an important Japanese saying. It means:

    • A.

      Excuse me

    • B.

      Hello

    • C.

      Thank you

    • D.

      Goodbye

    Correct Answer
    C. Thank you
    Explanation
    'Doumo arigatoo' is a phrase commonly used in Japan to express gratitude or say thank you. It is a polite way to show appreciation and acknowledge someone's kindness or help.

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  • 19. 

    When you are eating a meal you must learn the ettiquette of how to use your chopsticks (hashi) properly so you don't offend people. Jack offended another student when he used his hashi to:

    • A.

      Point at him

    • B.

      Flick rice in his direction

    • C.

      Make drumming noises

    • D.

      Knock over the other student's rice bowl

    Correct Answer
    A. Point at him
    Explanation
    Using chopsticks to point at someone is considered impolite and offensive in many Asian cultures. It is seen as a sign of disrespect and can be interpreted as aggressive or confrontational behavior. Therefore, Jack offended the other student by using his chopsticks to point at him.

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Kirk, a teacher at a boys-only boarding and day school, shares a passion for storytelling with his 11-13-year-old pupils. He's also a proud grandfather to identical twin girls.

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