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Being a Samurai

written by: DieZel
 
Legends of these mighty Japanese warriors have fascinated generations of people all over the world. Here an easy way to learn more about them.

Question 1:


Samurai is a caste of warriors, that came into existence when the Japanese shogunate was formed. The translation of the word samurai is "those who serve in close attendance to nobility". Samurai warriors that didn't serve any lord were called this.
Ronin
Musha
Uruwashii
Kenin

Question 2:


As samurai warriors were supposed to set a good example to those beneath them - they were bound by Bushido, a strict ethic code. Bushido means "way of the warrior" and one of its central points states that a samurai must be completely loyal towards this person.
His daimyo
His kaishaku
The emperor
The shogun

Question 3:


Commiting suicide by performing "seppuku", was the only way for a disgraced samurai to gain his honor once again.
True
False

Question 4:


Samurai warriors usually carried two swords- a big and a small one. The small one was called wakizashi and was the "honour blade" of the samurai. He would carry it everywhere and would even sleep with his wakizashi under his pillow. What was the name of the big sword of the samurai?
Naginata
Jo
Yari
Katana

Question 5:


Due to the many movies and books, based on stories about honorable samurai warriors, many people have been fascinated by the Japanese culture. This movie of the great film director Akira Kurosawa served as an inspiration for the western "A Fistful Of Dollars". It tells the story of a former samurai, involved in a town's gang war.
The Hidden Fortress
Abarembo Shogun
Yojimbo
The Seven Samurai

Question 6:


One ceremony was extremely important for every samurai - Genpuku. In this ceremony, a samurai changed his child name to an adult one and received his first swords. Only then the samurai could marry. Genpuku would be held as early as this age.
12
18
9
15

Question 7:


Every samurai sword had to be tested on the corpse of an animal, before it could be used in battle.
True
False

Question 8:


During the 13th century Japan was invaded twice. The first battles caught samurais unprepared and almost wiped them out, but they improved their tactics and saved Japan by building a defensive stone wall and attacking at night. This was the country that tried to conquer Japan.
England
China
Mongolian Empire
Russian Empire

Question 9:


Samurai warriors were not just regular men- they were aristocrats, who developed their own culture. In the 14th century their education began to include flower arrangements..
False
True

Question 10:


The decline of samurai warriors began in this period of Japanese history. Even though they were still allowed to carry their swords and could behead any commoner not willing to pay proper respect, they were no longer warriors. Samurai became bureaucrats and administrators, because there were no wars to fight and no rebellions to suppress.
Sengoku Period
Edo Period
Heian Period
Feudal Period

Question 11:


1867 was the year of the resignation of the last shogun. The emperor became once again the leader of Japan and in 1871 the privileges of the Samurai caste were taken away. This caused many social problems, because samurai warriors represented nearly 8% of the population of Japan at that time. What was the name of this famous, last shogun?
Tokugawa Ieyasu
Takamori Saigo
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Tokugawa Yoshinobu

Question 12:


Although their privileges were abolished, these noble warriors were still determined to protect Japan from becoming dependent on the Western World. In 1877, the rebellious samurai gathered under the command of Saigo Takamori. Their weaponry was inferior and their army was highly outnumbered, but they didn't give up. They suffered many casualties and the last survivors fought to death in this battle.
The Battle of Shiroyama
The Battle of Omi
The Battle of Sekigahara
The Battle of Mikawa

 


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