Geography
Social Structure
Religion
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100

Which term, meaning a chain of islands, describes Japan's geography?

archipelago 

100

In feudal Japan, who was at the top of the social structure, but in reality had little power?

the Emperor

100

What two religions were practiced by the majority of people in medieval Japan?

Shinto and Buddhism

100

What culture influenced the writing, language, and arts of the Japanese?

China

100

What food staple crop have the Japanese relied on due to its geographic isolation and lack of arable land?

rice

200

Why have there been so many conflicts over land throughout Japan's history?

Land is valuable because the mountains limit the area available for farming.

200

Although they were second from the top of the social structure, this person had all of the real power in feudal Japan?

Shogun

200

This image illustrates the influence of which religion on Japanese art?

Buddhism

200

The system of government in Japan that placed local power in the hands of military lords known as daimyo is an example of what?

feudalism

200

Due to their island location and lack of arable land the Japanese have often turned to this as a food source.

the sea / seafood

300

Japan's unique culture is a direct result of what circumstance?

Japans status as an island nation.

300

This group of people were the lowest on the social structure of Japan.

merchants

300

What religion is most closely associated to shrines like this?

Shinto

300

What is one reason that feudalism developed in Japan?

The small amount of farmable land gave power to those who owned it.

300

In addition to Shintoism, which other belief system influenced Japanese art, architecture, and literature?

Buddhism

400

What effect has geography had on the island of Japan?

The seas have isolated Japan and protected it from invasion.

400

Which group of people were the top of the peasant class?

farmers

400

What aspect of Shinto is evident in this Japanese painting?

the beauty and power of nature

400

What idea best describes Shintoism?

people need to live in harmony with nature
400

What is one characteristic that the Japanese feudal system had in common with the caste system?

It was difficult for people to move between social classes.

500

What is one way that Japanese culture was shaped by its geography?

Its location allowed it to study and adapt Chinese culture to suit its own needs.

500

The use of Samurai to protect the lands of the Daimyo in Japan created what kind of social and economic system?

feudalism

500

Why did the samurai practice Zen Buddhism?

Its practice helped teach warriors how to control their bodies and their movements.

500

What idea would complete this web diagram?

lived by a strict code of conduct

500

The code of the Samurai

Bushido

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