May Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for May
1. In which Chinese province was the 14th Dalai Lama (present leader) born?
Beijing
Sichuan
Qinghai
Buddhism , prayer wheel
Buddhist prayer wheels at Wudang temple, Inner Mongolia

2. Wade-Giles is a method for doing what?
Decorating porcelain
Processing tea
Writing Chinese with English letters
weiqi, games, pastimes
Weiqi strategy game

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

4. The 'Peony Pavilion' is a famous what?
Shanghai building
opera
novel
ship, junk, boat
Chinese traditional ship

5. When did the first known Chinese person visit Britain?
1924
1685
1798
christian, Shen Fuzong

6. In which dynasty did Emperor Qianlong rule?
Han
Yuan
Qing
lion dance, people, festival
Young lion dancers

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

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

9. Under which British sovereign was the first official embassy sent off to China?
King Charles II
King George III
King Edward VI
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

10. Why is rice planted in water?
maintain moisture level
provide nutrients
suppress weeds
rice, Yunnan
Sheaves of rice set out to dry, Yuanyang, Yunnan

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

12. Which of these is NOT part of the Buddhist eightfold path to enlightenment
reject evil
act sensitively
abstain from sex
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

13. Which country other than Britain took part in the Opium Wars with China?
Spain
Prussia
France
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

14. How would you say 'next month' in Chinese?
昨天 zuó tiān
明年 míng nián
下个月 xià gè yuè
Ming dynasty, porcelain, plate
Photo by Anonymous, Chinese plate, Ming dynasty, Yongle period 1403-1424, porcelain with under-glaze blue, 23 inches [58 cms] diameter, Honolulu Academy of Arts. Available under a Creative Commons license .

15. The noon day gun is fired every day where?
Lhasa
Hong Kong
Tianjin
Forbidden City, lion, Beijing
Gilt bronze lion guarding the Forbidden City
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