December Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for December
1. The game of 'go' was a Chinese invention, what is its name in China?
ma jiang
weiqi
xiangqi
calligraphy, buddhism, fo character
Fo (Buddha) character

2. In traditional medicine Goji berries were traditionally used to treat what?
high blood pressure
polio
bronchitis
TCM, calligraphy
A range of traditional medicines with calligraphy extolling the virtues of TCM

3. The number of the year in China is counted from the following event?
Birth of the Yellow Emperor
Foundation of the Qin dynasty
Founding of the Republic of China
ming tomb, silk, Dongling, Emperor Wanli
When Wanli's tomb was opened in 1956, his invaluable silk robes began immediately to decay. Fortunately, they were copied by skillful workers who reproduced the beauty of these garments. Image by G41rn8 available under a Creative Commons License

4. Yǔ is a common character what does it mean?
rain
abundance
fish
soldier, Tiananmen Square, Beijing
A Chinese People's Armed Police guard on Tiananmen Square, in front of the portrait of Mao Zedong. His rank is the second lowest, Private First Class [1]. 4th June 2007. Photo by Luo Shaoyang from Beijing available under a Creative Commons license .

5. The Long March of 1934-35 started from which province?
Jiangxi
Fujian
Guizhou
Mao Zedong,  Long March
Mao Zedong during Long March. 1934-1936. Image available under a Creative Commons License

6. Mandarin ducks represent what in Chinese artwork?
peace
young love
marital harmony
duck, mandarin, whiteknights

7. Which country briefly conquered the island of Taiwan in 1884?
Netherlands
U.S.A.
France
Taiwan, Taipei
Taiwan's National Concert Hall located in Taipei December 2006. Image by Scchiang available under a Creative Commons license .

8. The tomb of the First Qin Emperor is located in which province?
Hebei
Gansu
Shaanxi
Qin dynasty, Terracotta army
The famous terracotta warriors at the tomb of the first Qin Emperor Shihuangdi

9. The 'Hundred Schools of Philosophy' period occurred when in Chinese history?
Eastern Zhou dynasty
Tang dynasty
Western Zhou dynasty
Confucius, Qufu

10. “It doesn't matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice” is a famous saying of which Chinese leader?
Hu Yaobang
Mao Zedong
Deng Xiaoping
Hainan, Haikou, modern housing
Haikou city, Hainan island

11. The ‘Elephant Game’ is the Chinese name for which pastime?
mahjong
chess
rounders
Ming tombs, pavilion, Beijing
Ming tombs pavilion

12. China grows roughly what proportion of the world's rice?
28%
40%
38%
rice, Guangxi, terraces
Terraced rice fields being planted in Guangxi province

13. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in which city?
Shanghai
Wuhan
Beijing
Shanghai, Pudong, skyscraper

14. Which number is traditionally associated with the Emperor?
nine
six
four
Ming dynasty, Forbidden City, view, Beijing
View of the Forbidden City, Beijing from the peak of Jingshan Hill

15. Chengde (aka Jehol) was built as a summer resort for the emperors of which dynasty?
Song dynasty
Ming dynasty
Qing dynasty
Hebei, Chengde, Buddhism, ding
Buddhist temple at Chengde, Hebei
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