WONDER #2689: Who Was the Black Samurai?

Question 1 of 3

What was the main idea of this Wonder?

  1. Little is known about Yasuke beyond where he was born.
  2. The story of Yasuke is still told today through books and movies.
  3. Anyone can become a samurai through hard work and persistence, no matter where they come from.
  4. Yasuke, or the Black Samurai, was a man from somewhere in Africa who became the first person born outside of Japan to become a samurai.

Question 2 of 3

During Yasuke’s lifetime, Japan was a ___________ state.

  1. democratic
  2. feudal
  3. monarchist
  4. theocratic

Question 3 of 3

Which of the following statements is NOT true, according to this Wonder?

  1. Yasuke’s life was well-documented, which is why historians today know so much about him.
  2. Yasuke was about six feet, two inches tall.
  3. Yasuke became a samurai while working closely with the daimyo Oda Nobunaga.
  4. No historical records of Yasuke exist past the year 1582.

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