April Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for April
1. How long was the Communist's Long March through western China?
3,200 miles
2,000 miles
6,000 miles
Mao Zedong, Zhu De, Long March
Zhu De and CMC Chairman Mao Zedong (left) , accompanied by Brigadier Wang Zhen reviewed the troops,1931. Image available under a Creative Commons License

2. Compared to English how many people speak Chinese as their first or second language?
1:2
1:3
3:1
Shenzhen, people, food
Shenzhen vegetable market, Guangdong Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

3. The Hui minority people belong chiefly to which religion?
Buddhism
Islam
Judaism
Ningxia, desert
Sand sculptures in Desert Lake scenic spot near Zhongwei, Ningxia. August 2008.
Image by Fanghong available under a Creative Commons license

4. How many neighboring countries have a land border with China?
14
7
20
Inner Mongolia, stupa, Buddhism
Black city on the ancient Silk Road, Xixia kingdom period, Inner Mongolia

5. The old Wade-Giles spelling of Guizhou is what?
Kwaijou
Guichow
Kweichow
Guizhou, Dragon boat festival, people
An orange themed boat taking part in a Dragon Boat festival event, Guizhou Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

6. What is at the famous site of Leshan, Sichuan?
Stone Forest
Giant Buddha
Ancient tombs
daoism, temple, bronze, lion
Bronze temple door knobs

7. The poet Su Shi is quoted as saying 'You can live without eating meat but you can not live without what'?
cabbages
bamboo
sleep
poet, su shu, su dongpo
This image was carried on the book which is called Wan Xiao Tang Hua Zhuan () which was published in 1743 () by Shangguan Zhou b. 1665. Available under a Creative Commons License

8. According to the yin-yang categories of food which of these foods are considered the 'yang' (hot)
mushrooms
banana
onions
food
Cuisine of China: Snake meat. Photo by Poco a poco available under a Creative Commons license .

9. The Gang of Four were put under arrest in 1976 under the orders of which Chinese leader
Lin Biao
Hua Guofeng
Zhao Ziyang
Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing and Mao Zedong. Source : Netor.com . Available under a Creative Commons license .

10. Who of these is NOT a Tang dynasty poet?
Li Bai
Bai Juyi
Su Shi (Su Dongpo)
calligraphy, Ouyang Xun,  1000 characters
One Thousand Character classic in Ouyang Xun calligraphy style. Image by available under a Creative Commons License

11. Zhuangzi is an important person in what tradition?
Kung fu
Daoism
Buddhism
daoism, temple, bronze, lion
Bronze temple door knobs

12. Where might you expect to see 'water sleeves' in China?
on a lake
at the opera
on the beach
Qufu, temple, Confucius, Shandong
Lingxing Gate of Qufu Confucian Temple, Qufu, Shandong. January 2009.
Image by Sean Shih available under a Creative Commons license

13. Which Emperor commanded that the books should be burned?
Emperor Qianlong
Emperor Taizong
Emperor Qin Shihuangdi
old book, calligraphy
A page from an old book.

14. The mark of veneration was the traditional kowtow. How many times did you have to knock your head on the ground to the Emperor?
1
5
9
kowtow
Kowtowing before the magistrate. Official session at a Chinese Yamen, Guangzhou, pre-1889. Image available under a Creative Commons license

15. Which province is the coldest in winter?
Fujian
Tibet
Heilongjiang
winter sports, skier
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