February monthly Quiz

A monthly tough quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for July
1. Who is mostly attributed for taming the Yellow River?
Guanyin
Yu the Great
Emperor Taizong
Yellow river, waterfall, river
Hukou Waterfall on the Yellow River

2. Early compasses were often made in the form of what?
ladle
swan
needle
feng shui, compass
Division of a traditional Feng Shui compass

3. Pudong is a district of which major city?
Shanghai
Tianjin
Wuhan
Shanghai, Pudong, skyscraper

4. Lady Hao was a military leader from which dynasty
Shang
Song
Han
Shang dynasty, tomb, Lady Hao, Henan
Tomb of Lady Fu Hao, Yinxu, Henan, China. Available under a Creative Commons License

5. During the Ming dynasty most paper was made from the leaves of which plant?
bamboo
mulberry tree
grass
paper making, paper
Stacks of handmade paper

6. Suzhou in Jiangsu province is famous for what?
porcelain
gardens
kites
bridge, Suzhou, Macartney, Alexander
A bridge near Suzhou. The Emperor commanded all bridges to give the embassy a military salute. The horseshoe shape was quite common around Suzhou. Painted by the official artist to the Macartney British Embassy to China 1793-94. Image by William Alexander available under a Creative Commons License

7. The Dawn Redwood is a living fossil which was 'rediscovered' in which province?
Yunnan
Hubei
Hainan
chinese wildlife,  dawn redwood,  Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Metasequoia glyptostroboides. May 2005. Image by Georges Jansoone available under a Creative Commons License

8. Dandong is on the major crossing point to which neighbouring country?
Mongolia
North Korea
Vietnam
Jilin, autumn
Autumn in Jilin

9. The tulou houses of the Hakka people are mostly found in which province?
Anhui
Fujian
Jiangxi
Fujian, Tulou, lantern

10. Which of these items is not claimed as a Chinese invention?
toothbrush
umbrella
gunpowder
TCM
Dispensing traditional medicine prescriptions. Graham Street Market, Hong Kong. 2010 Image by deror_avi available under a Creative Commons license .

11. Emperor Yao is credited with which important innovation?
dams to control river flow
appointment on merit
making silk
emperor shun, legend, emperor
Emperor Shun performs divination in the palace. Made by Jiang Tingxi c.1725. Available under a Creative Commons License

12. What was the 'Mukden incident' of 1931?
outbreak of plague
railway sabotage
assassination of diplomat
Heilongjiang, Harbin, modern housing, view
Skyline of Harbin, Heilongjiang

13. Which chemical element traditionally provided the red color for seals and inks?
beryllium
bismuth
mercury
Dao de jing, seal, Daoism, Gian Jinlin
A seal by Gian Jinlun (1888-1950) which uses text from the Dao de Jing (Tao Te Ching). Image by Cangjie6 available under a Creative Commons License

14. The grand canal link used to originally link which city to Hangzhou?
Xi'an
Luoyang
Zhengzhou
grand canal, Zhejiang, bridge
Bridge over the Grand Canal, Hangzhou

15. Which three cities are considered the three furnaces of China?
Nanjing, Guangzhou and Tianjin
Nanjing, Chongqing and Wuhan
Chongqing, Shanghai and Wuhan
Emei Shan, Sichuan
Mount Emei, Sichuan. June 2007.
Image by pookieevans available under a Creative Commons license
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