August Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for August
1. Zhuangzi described a thinker musing whether he was in fact what kind of creature dreaming itself a human?
butterfly
bird
fish
painting, daoism, sage, landscape
Walking on Path in Spring by Ma Yuan c.1190 - 1279, a Chinese painter of the Song Dynasty. Image by National Palace Museum available under a Creative Commons License .

2. Which is NOT true of the Great Wall of China?
300,000 slaves were used to build it
It is about 24 feet high
It can be seen from the moon
Gansu, Great Wall

3. The world famous Shaolin monastery for martial arts is located in which province?
Henan
Hunan
Shandong
Henan, Shaolin , martial arts
Shaolin martial arts display Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

4. Loess is often seen in northern China, what is it?
fine calcareous sand
type of tree
tall pagodas
pingyao, street, shanxi

5. How old was Puyi when he became the last Emperor?
23
11
3
Emperor Puyi
Portrait of Puyi (Xuantong Emperor) (1906-1967) Image available under a Creative Commons license .

6. How many jiao make up one yuan?
5
12
10
money
Chinese bronze coins. Image by Plismo available under a Creative Commons License

7. Mencius or Mengzi is a famous philosopher of which tradition
Buddhism
Legalism
Confucianism
Qufu, Shandong, sculpture
Monument at Qufu, Shandong

8. Wang Mang led a successful revolt during which dynasty?
Song
Han
Qin
Wang Mang, Han dynasty
莽像 Emperor Wang Mang. Image available under a Creative Commons license .

9. Lacquer is a protective coating often applied to works of art, from where is it obtained?
bird's nests
tree sap
beetles
lacquer, song dynasty
A Chinese red lacquer tray over wood with engraved golden foil, from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), dated 12th to early 13th century. As the Freer and Sackler Galleries museum description states, in China the gold-engraving technique is called qiangjin. The museum caption states that this method has existed since roughly the 3rd century AD, although it was not until the Song Dynasty era that gold engravings were found on luxury lacquerwares. After a wooden tray was covered with multiple layers of cinnabar-colored lacquer, fine lines were then incised into the new surface. These incisions were then filled with an adhesive of clear lacquer, followed by the pressing of gold foil into the grooves. The two long-tailed birds and a peony plant depicted in this tray are symbolic of longevity and prosperity in Chinese culture, since the Chinese word for "long life" (shou) sounds similar to the words for long-tailed birds (dai shou). Image by PericlesofAthens available under a Creative Commons License

10. Who married the Republican leader Sun Yatsen in 1915
Deng Yingchao
Song Qingling
Jiang Qing
Guangdong, Sun Yatsen
Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall with bronze statue

11. The eastern section of the Great Wall was extensively rebuilt in which dynasty?
Ming
Tang
Song
Great Wall, Beijing
Great Wall near Simatai, Beijing

12. Which country is NOT considered an Asian Tiger
Singapore
Vietnam
Hong Kong
Hong Kong, harbor, skyscraper, modern housing
Night skyline of Victoria harbor, Hong Kong

13. Journey to the West is a book describing the introduction of which religion to China?
Buddhism
Confucianism
Islam
Buddhism , Dali, Yunnan, temple
Chongsheng Temple, Dali, Yunnan

14. Acupuncture points control the flow of what?
glucose
pain
qi - life energy
TCM, calligraphy
A range of traditional medicines with calligraphy extolling the virtues of TCM

15. In Singapore, ethnic Chinese make up what proportion of the population?
20%
90%
75%
dragon dance,  dance
© CEphoto, Uwe Aranas. Image by CEPhoto available under a Creative Commons License
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