May Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for May
1. Why is rice planted in water?
suppress insect pests
suppress weeds
maintain moisture level
rice, Yunnan
Sheaves of rice set out to dry, Yuanyang, Yunnan

2. A meeting at Lushan in 1959 brought an end to the career of which revolutionary leader
Peng Dehuai
Zhu De
Zhou Enlai
Jiangxi, Lushan, waterfall
Waterfall on Lushan mountains, Jiangxi

3. The Uyghur people number over 8 million in which province do they mainly live?
Gansu
Sichuan
Xinjiang
Bejing, street, mcdonalds, people, PKChina-34
Beijing street. September 2019. Image by Paul Kerswill

4. Wade-Giles is a method for doing what?
Writing Chinese with English letters
Classifying paintings
Processing tea
compass, invention
A Han dynasty magnetic compass, the needle is in the form of a carefully balanced ladle that points south.
The compass shows divisions for use in Feng Shui and Yi Jing
Image available under a Creative Commons license

5. An auspicious arrangement of hills is sometimes called?
grasping monkey
hidden dragon
springing tiger
Zhejiang, mountains, view
Zhejiang scenery near Hangzhou including a tea plantation

6. When did the first known Chinese person visit Britain?
1685
1357
1924
christian, Shen Fuzong

7. In which Chinese province was the 14th Dalai Lama (present leader) born?
Sichuan
Beijing
Qinghai
Buddhism , prayer wheel
Buddhist prayer wheels at Wudang temple, Inner Mongolia

8. Which country other than Britain took part in the Opium Wars with China?
Spain
France
Prussia
opium war, sea battle, junk, boat, ship
The East India Company iron steam ship Nemesis, commanded by Lieutenant W. H. Hall, with boats from the Sulphur, Calliope, Larne and Starling, destroying the Chinese war junks in Anson's Bay, on 7 January 1841. Image by Edward Duncan available under a Creative Commons License

9. The 'Peony Pavilion' is a famous what?
painting
Shanghai building
opera
qilin, Foshan, Guangdong
Ceramic qilin as animal on roof ridge, Ancestral Temple, Foshan, Guangdong

10. The noon day gun is fired every day where?
Hong Kong
Lhasa
Tianjin
Inner Mongolia, landscape, horse, rider
A horseman riding over the grasslands of Inner Mongolia

11. How would you say 'next month' in Chinese?
上个月 shàng gè yuè
明年 míng nián
下个月 xià gè yuè
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 .

12. In which dynasty did Emperor Qianlong rule?
Qing
Yuan
Tang
marriage, couple, people
Chinese wedding couple

13. Which European scientist considered the Yi Jing as proof of ancient knowledge of binary arithmetic?
Leibniz
Descartes
Voltaire
yi jing
Three gold coins used for Yi Jing fortune telling

14. Which of these is NOT part of the Buddhist eightfold path to enlightenment
abstain from sex
act sensitively
reject evil
luohan, Buddhism
A luóhàn (arhat), found at Yixian, Hebei province, Liao dynasty (907-1125). British Museum, London. Image by David Castor available under a Creative Commons License

15. Under which British sovereign was the first official embassy sent off to China?
King Charles II
King Edward VI
King George III
Macartney, embassy, kowtow
William Alexander's drawing of the reception of the Macartney embassy to China. Young Thomas Staunton (kneeling not kowtowing) receives a gift from the Emperor. Image by William Alexander available under a Creative Commons License
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