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?
fengzhong
weiqi
xiang sheng
money
Ancient Chinese coins. Image by mc559 available under a Creative Commons license

2. The number of the year in China is counted from the following event?
Foundation of the Qin dynasty
Founding of the Republic of China
Birth of the Yellow Emperor
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

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

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

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

6. 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

7. “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?
Zhou Enlai
Deng Xiaoping
Mao Zedong
Hainan, Haikou, modern housing
Haikou city, Hainan island

8. The ‘Elephant Game’ is the Chinese name for which pastime?
rummy
chequers
chess
chess, people
Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) players

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

10. The 'Hundred Schools of Philosophy' period occurred when in Chinese history?
Eastern Zhou dynasty
Han dynasty
Min dynasty
Confucius, Qufu

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

12. Yǔ is a common character what does it mean?
rain
abundance
expensive
Tibet, lake, mountains
Manasarovar lake and Mount Namunani, Tibet

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

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

15. Mandarin ducks represent what in Chinese artwork?
long life
marital harmony
young love
duck, mandarin, whiteknights
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