April Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for April
1. Where might you expect to see 'water sleeves' in China?
at the opera
in a garden
on a lake
calligraphy, children
Child practising calligraphy

2. 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
12
9
kowtow
Kowtowing before the magistrate. Official session at a Chinese Yamen, Guangzhou, pre-1889. Image available under a Creative Commons license

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

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

5. How many neighboring countries have a land border with China?
20
14
7
Huangguoshu Falls, Guizhou, waterfall
Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou 瀑布. August 2005.
Image by WaitinZ available under a Creative Commons license

6. What is at the famous site of Leshan, Sichuan?
Giant Buddha
Ancient tombs
Stone Forest
Nepal, sunrise, himalaya
Nepal scenery

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

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

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

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

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

12. How long was the Communist's Long March through western China?
6,000 miles
10,000 miles
3,200 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

13. Which province is the coldest in winter?
Heilongjiang
Hunan
Fujian
winter sports, skier

14. The poet Su Shi is quoted as saying 'You can live without eating meat but you can not live without what'?
wine
bamboo
cabbages
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

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