April Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for April
1. How many neighboring countries have a land border with China?
14
7
10
rice
Guilin rice terrace in summer, Guangxi. Photo by Mgmoscatello available under a Creative Commons license .

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

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

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

5. How long was the Communist's Long March through western China?
2,000 miles
6,000 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

6. What is at the famous site of Leshan, Sichuan?
Giant Buddha
Bamboo forest
Stone Forest
Ming dynasty, pagoda
Ming dynasty Linlong pagoda detail

7. Where might you expect to see 'water sleeves' in China?
on the beach
at the opera
at a resturant
bamboo
A Chinese bamboo book, open and unfolded to display the contents. This copy of The Art of War by Sun Wu is part of a collection at the University of California, Riverside . It was either commissioned or transcribed by the Qing Emperor Qianlong.
Image by bluefootedbooby available under a Creative Commons license

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

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

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

11. The mark of veneration was the traditional kowtow. How many times did you have to knock your head on the ground to the Emperor?
9
12
3
kowtow
Kowtowing before the magistrate. Official session at a Chinese Yamen, Guangzhou, pre-1889. Image available under a Creative Commons license

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

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

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

15. Who of these is NOT a Tang dynasty poet?
Li Bai
Wang Wei
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
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