December Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for December
1. In traditional medicine Goji berries were traditionally used to treat what?
tuberculosis
arthritis
high blood pressure
TCM, calligraphy
A range of traditional medicines with calligraphy extolling the virtues of TCM

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

3. Mandarin ducks represent what in Chinese artwork?
peace
wealth
marital harmony
duck, mandarin, whiteknights

4. China grows roughly what proportion of the world's rice?
66%
28%
12%
rice, Guangxi, terraces
Terraced rice fields being planted in Guangxi province

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

6. The game of 'go' was a Chinese invention, what is its name in China?
fengzhong
weiqi
ma jiang
music, ocarina
Chinese ocarinas, flutes made from clay

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

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

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

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?
Deng Xiaoping
Jiang Zemin
Zhou Enlai
Hainan, Haikou, modern housing
Haikou city, Hainan island

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

12. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in which city?
Shanghai
Guangzhou
Lanzhou
Shanghai, Pudong, skyscraper

13. 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

14. The ‘Elephant Game’ is the Chinese name for which pastime?
baseball
chequers
chess
Emperor Qianlong, Qing dynasty
Emperor Qianlong's Pleasure during Snowy Weather. c. 1736-1738. From Chiumei Ho: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong, London 2004. Painting by Giuseppe Castiglione (1688?1766). Available under a Creative Commons license .

15. Yǔ is a common character what does it mean?
abundance
rain
expensive
Jilin, autumn
Autumn in Jilin
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