The Rise of the Early Japanese State


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1. How many major islands compose Japan?

2. What made the Fujiwara family so powerful?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When talking about Japan, it is important to understand that they have a fairly brief history compared to many cultures, and this worksheet and quiz are designed to assess your knowledge about the rise of the early Japanese state. The questions in the quiz will ask you about geography, societal structure, and key influencers of the Japanese political and economic systems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In the assessment, you will be quizzed on your knowledge of these topics:

  • First civilization in Japan
  • Shoen system
  • Emperor Shirakawa
  • Island geography of Japan
  • The Fujiwara family

Skills Practiced

Use this worksheet and quiz to test your aptitude at using these key skill sets:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the rise of the early Japanese state from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts about early Japanese society to examine information about the Fujiwara family in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about Emperor Shirakawa and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the geographical makeup of Japan

Additional Learning

To learn more about the history of Japan, check out the engaging video lesson entitled The Rise of the Early Japanese State. By reviewing the lesson, you can cover the following educational objectives:

  • Learn the history of ancient Japan
  • Understand why the Japanese and Korean people experienced similar linguistic and cultural development
  • Know why the water surrounding Japan has played such a key role in the history of the country
  • Describe why the mountains in Japan affected the economic and cultural development of the Japanese people