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Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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  1. Which is true of "Western Culture?"
    1. It has always been dominated by the British
    2. It
    3. Wrong
    4. Wrong
    5. Leadership has passed through numerous national and ethnic groups
  2. With regard to why China never developed advanced technology:
    1. Western and Chinese scholars disagree radically
    2. Western and Chinese scholars broadly agree
    3. The reasons were rooted in Chinese religion
    4. The reasons were rooted in higher European intelligence
    5. China's progress was halted by the Mongol Invasions
  3. With regard to why China never developed advanced technology, which is not true?
    1. A large amount of Western work on the question was due to a single historian, Joseph Needham
    2. China's status hierarchy played a significant role
    3. China's emphasis on order, moderation and stability played a role
    4. China lacked a strong centralized government to provide order
    5. Chinese culture did not place high value on changing the world
  4. Despite great surficial differences, the West and Japan have important historical conditioning in common. Which of these is not one of them?
    1. A simple writing system
    2. Insularity
    3. Deliberate and selective adoption of foreign ideas
    4. A tradition of knightly conduct
    5. An affinity for Christianity
  5. The Japanese knightly tradition was called
    1. Tokugawa
    2. Ketsu-go
    3. Tempura
    4. Chivalry
    5. Bushido
  6. Clocks relate to the Western concept of individual autonomy in what way?
    1. They undermine it by turning people into automata
    2. They free people from making decisions
    3. Autonomous people view time as a personal resource
    4. They made their inventors wealthy role models
    5. Clocks are suppressed in authoritarian societies
  7. In many ways, Europe had a "goldilocks" history with not too much or too little of many things. All of the following are examples except for which one?
    1. Isolation versus contact with other societies
    2. Literacy versus illiteracy
    3. Challenge versus excessive stability
    4. Challenge versus excessive change and traumatization
    5. Unity versus fragmentation
  8. Part of the Western outlook is an attitude toward change that can be summarized
    1. Change is always good
    2. Change is always dangerous
    3. Change is a good way to subvert other cultures
    4. Change can be managed and controlled
    5. Change only benefits the wealthy
  9. One important aspect in which Western history differs from China was:
    1. Europe several times saw the overthrow of ruling religions or ideologies
    2. Only Europe had a writing system
    3. Only China valued Classical learning
    4. Only Europe has linguistic and cultural diversity
    5. China never fragmented into small conflicting states
  10. When Japan severed contact with the West in the 1600's
    1. It collapsed into anarchy
    2. It stagnated and slowly declined
    3. It regressed to where it was in 500 AD
    4. It developed the steam engine before Europe
    5. It continued to innovate and progress

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