SURVEY OF EAST ASIA

ASIA 305: SURVEY OF EAST ASIA
EXAM, AUTUMN, 2020

Exam Due Date: Tuesday, November 3.
Instructions
This is your exam. You have one week to prepare and study for the exam. You can use
your notes and readings to prepare for the exam, and you can use your notes and readings
to take the exam. (Let this be your own effort, though—no sharing of exam notes with
other students.) You need to set aside two hours to take the exam, and submit it to me by
Tuesday, November 3, at 12:00, if you are in the ASIA 305.01 morning section; and, at
4:00, if you are in the ASIA 305.02 afternoon class. If you want to submit it to me earlier,
you can do so, but do not submit it later than November 3 at the time your class’ test is
due.
Do not go over two hours when taking the exam; you can spend less than two hours on
the exam, but you should not spend more than two hours. Use a WORD document (no
PDFs) in writing up your exam, and submit your WORD document test through the
Courses website, to our regular homework assignment site–it says “Asia 305 Exam”–
not to the test site.

B. Identification (70%)
Identify (who, what, when, where) and explain the historical significance of seven (7) of
the following. Do not write more than two paragraphs for each of your responses.
Zheng He voyages
Tokugawa shogunate
Matteo Ricci
Nanking (Nanjing) Treaty
the Diet
Sun Yat-sen
Diary of a Madman
Chiang Kai-shek
the Red Guards
Viet Cong

C. Essay Questions (30%)
Choose one (1) of the following questions, and write a clear, organized, persuasive and
well-supported essay in response. Your response should be 2-3 pages.
1. Describe the nature of Britain’s imperialistic enterprise in China and Asia in general,
and how this enterprise changes in the last decades of the eighteenth century. From the
articles set forth in the Nanking Treaty, what would you say was Britain’s main aim in
prosecuting the Opium War?
2. What was the Meiji Restoration? Why is this term something of a misnomer?
3. In what ways were China’s New Culture Movement and the Maoist Cultural
Revolution similar? In what ways were they different? Which movement was more
destructive?

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