Reading Passage 1 – The Great Wave ANSWERS

The correct answers are highlighted in yellow!

Can you guess why this is my favourite version of the Great Wave? 🙂


  1. Which statement would best describe 17th century Japan?

a) Fascinated by European matters

b) Ravaged by giant waves called tsunamis

c) Home to many Rangaku scholars

d) Closed to the rest of the world

2. _______ and ________ were two aspects of the Great Wave that Japan would have found incredibly different from their usual art style.

a) The variety of colours, the depth

b) The use of perspective, different shades of blue

c) The use of watercolours, the depth

d) The depiction of a wave, different shades of blue

3. As used in the first paragraph, what would be the best synonym for preponderant?

a) worthy of pondering

b) something to think about before describing it

c) important and noteworthy

d) complex and thought-provoking

4. From what we are told in this passage, what would best describe the shogunate?

a) Magnanimous and accepting of other cultures

b) Liberal-minded and strict

c) Despotic and puissant

d) Authoritative and avuncular

5. What would the paragraph after this passage be about?

a) Examples of Japanese art pieces that correspond to the European art style

b) A description of European architecture, particularly in London and Paris

c) Japan’s history of tsunamis and other natural disasters

d) A more detailed description of Rangaku scholars

6. What do scholars of ‘Dutch Studies’ learn about?

a) The history of Denmark

b) Research from Europe

c) Art and science from Holland

d) Dutch languages and how they relate to art

7. What best describes Shogun Yoshimune’s opinion on foreign concepts?

a) Wildly passionate about every aspect of European culture

b) Xenophobic and narrow-minded

c) Nebulous. He didn’t really find it important

d) Enthusiastic about particular parts of European culture

8. Where would you find this passage?

a) In a general book about art

b) In a book specifically about Hokusai’s art and the Japanese art culture of his time

c) In an article about European architecture

d) In a personal essay about a person’s experience with Japanese art

Have any questions? Feel free to message or comment! I’m always happy to help. 🙂


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