Japanese Military Society & Samurais in the 12th Century


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What were the samurai?

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1. What was a shogunate?

2. Who was Minamoto no Yoritomo?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several unique aspects of Japan's military history that differentiate it from its 12th century contemporaries, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of these specific distinctions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Definition of a samurai
  • Martial and political influences in Japan's history
  • Code by which the samurai lived
  • Concept of a shogun and shogunate
  • Evolution of the samurai over time

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the history of Japanese warfare
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the changing roles of the samurai
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the development of the military-political world of 12th century Japan
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the samurai's code of ethics

Additional Learning

To learn more about these famous warriors, review the accompanying lesson on 12th Century Japan's Military Society & Samurais. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the distinct roles of a shogun and a samurai
  • Review the rise of the shogun
  • Understand the class and culture of the samurai
  • Define key terms such as Bushido and shogunate