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The History of Imperial Japan Quiz!
by Gavin Thagard
Until 1868, Japan shut itself off from the rest of the world, but over the course of the next 70 years, the country went from an underdeveloped nation to an industrial and military powerhouse. Test your knowledge on Japan's growth and the people who made it possible.

What event signaled the start of the Empire of Japan?

  • Meiji Restoration
  • End of the Warring States
  • Annexation of Korea
  • Signing the Kanagawa Treaty

Who ruled Japan before the Meiji Restoration?

  • Buddhist Monks
  • Imperial Diet
  • Tokugawa Shogunate
  • Council of State

What was the name of the war between the ishin shishi and the Tokugawa Shogunate?

  • First Opium War
  • Boshin War
  • First Sino-Japanese War
  • Russo-Japanese War

When did the Meiji Constitution go into effect?

  • 1865
  • 1703
  • 1890
  • 2000

What was the upper house of the Imperial Diet?

  • House of Representatives
  • House of Ministers
  • House of the State
  • House of Peers

What was one of the purposes of the Iwakura Mission?

  • Renegotiate Treaties
  • Start a War with Korea
  • Take Control of Vietnam
  • Establish a Colony in South Africa

What was a result of the samurai class being abolished?

  • The Tokugawa Shogunate regained power.
  • Emperor Meiji was removed from power.
  • The Satsuma Rebellion
  • The Sino-Japanese War

Which was NOT a reason for the Satsuma Rebellion?

  • Abolishment of the samurai class
  • Westernization of Japan
  • Samurai were unemployed
  • The restoration of the Emperor

Who was NOT one of the Three Great Nobles after the Meiji Restoration?

  • Ii Naosuke
  • Okubo Toshimichi
  • Saigo Takamori
  • Kido Takayoshi

How did Okubo Toshimichi die?

  • He was killed during battle.
  • He died of a heart attack.
  • He was executed for treason.
  • He was assassinated.

What was the First Sino-Japanese War primarily fought over?

  • Influence over Korea
  • A port in Vietnam
  • Control over the East China Sea
  • China invaded Japan

What did Japan gain after winning the Sino-Japanese War?

  • Control of the Yellow River
  • Shanghai
  • Taiwan
  • Beijing

Which country did NOT participate in the Gaselee Expedition during the Boxer Rebellion?

  • Japan
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Russia

Which country gained control of the Liaodong Peninsula from Japan?

  • Germany
  • China
  • France
  • Russia

What did Japan offer Russia in exchange for influence in Korea?

  • Manchuria
  • Taiwan
  • Control of the Yellow River
  • Control of Shanghai

Where was the first battle of the Russo-Japanese War?

  • Mukden, Manchuria
  • Port Arthur
  • Vladivostok
  • Yalu River

What did Japan demonstrate by winning the Russo-Japanese War?

  • The ability to combat a Western power
  • The ability to defeat China
  • The willingness to negotiate
  • The ability to defeat the United State

What year was Korea fully annexed to Japan?

  • 1900
  • 1865
  • 1910
  • 1945

Who mediated the negotiations between Japan and Russia at the end of the Russo-Japanese War?

  • Winston Churchill
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Yuan Shikai
  • Empress Dowager Cixi

Why did Japan side with Britain in WWI?

  • Britain promised Japan land in South Africa.
  • Britain promised Japan a colony in Germany.
  • Japan wanted to extend its influence by capturing German held bases around China.
  • Japan didn't want to start a war with the United States.

What document did Japan submit to China in 1915 to gain greater control over China?

  • Japan-Korea Treaty
  • Twenty-One Demands
  • Treaty of Portsmouth
  • Boxer Protocol

Who succeeded Emperor Meiji?

  • Taisho Yoshihito
  • Nakayama Tadayasu
  • Arisugawa Takehito
  • Takamatsu Nobuhito

What was a result of the Mukden Incident?

  • Japan invaded Manchuria
  • Japan lost control of Korea
  • Japan attacked the United States
  • China invaded Japan

What was the name of the puppet government Japan established in Manchuria?

  • Empire of Qing
  • East Turkestan Republic
  • Manchukuo
  • Reorganized National Government of China

What is considered the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War?

  • Mukden Incident
  • Marco Polo Bridge Incident
  • Rape of Nanking
  • Invasion of Manchuria

What helped Japan extend its influence over China?

  • Civil war in China
  • Large scale Russian attacks in west China
  • Direct U.S. intervention on the side of Japan
  • Communist support

Who did Japan side with in the Tripartite Pact?

  • China and Korea
  • Russia and Britain
  • Germany and Italy
  • The United States and Canada

Why did Japan believe it had a right to imperialize Asia?

  • China was too cruel
  • India was extending its influence
  • Asians should rule Asians
  • Encouragement from the United States

Where was the Rape of Nanking?

  • Korea
  • Japan
  • Taiwan
  • China

What year did Japan and the USSR sign the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact?

  • 1930
  • 1941
  • 1922
  • 1912

What Japanese attack forced the United States to enter WWII?

  • Battle at the Java Sea
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Rape of Nanking
  • Doolittle Raid

Who was Showa Hirohito?

  • Prime Minister of Japan
  • Emperor of Japan
  • Foreign Minister of Japan
  • Army Minister

Which was a decisive defeat for the Japanese Navy in WWII?

  • Battle at Yalu River
  • Battle of Port Arthur
  • Battle of Midway
  • Battle of the Yellow Sea

What was the main reason the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan?

  • Save American lives
  • Test the bomb
  • Beat Russia to dropping a bomb
  • Put fear into Germany

Who occupied Japan after WWII?

  • Russia
  • Germany
  • The United States
  • China