November Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for November
1. The stone forest (Shilin) can be found in which province?
Yunnan
Hunan
Shanxi
Yunnan, stone forest, landform
Stone forest (Shilin) near Kunming, Yunnan

2. Why are bats considered lucky?
name sounds like fortune
bats live in caves
marriage symbol
bat
Five bats in the outer ring surrounding the character for longevity. Wishing good fortune and a long life.

3. A scholar used to be expected to be proficient at playing which musical instrument?
Ocarina
Guqin
Dizi
music, erhu
Erhu players at Tianjin University Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

4. The second lowest place (depression) in the world is located whereabouts in China?
Hohhot, Inner Mongolia
Lop Nur, Xinhiang
Turpan, Xinjiang
Jiangsu, Suzhou, garden, pavilion
October view of the Panmen Scenic Area in the south-west of the Suzhou, Jiangsu

5. Together with Yunnan and Guangdong, which other province lies on the Tropic of Cancer?
Guangxi
Anhui
Hainan
Xinjiang, sheep, yurt
Flock of sheep near Lake Yileimu in Xinjiang with herdsman's yurt

6. What are the ten wings of the Yi Jing (I Ching)?
Magical powers
Appendices
Flying incantations
Yi Jing, I Ching, Song dynasty
A page from a Song Dynasty (960-1279) printed book of the I Ching (Yi Jing, Classic of Changes or Book of Changes) , 17.7x11.9cm, printed book, in the National Central Library in Taipei. Image by Song era print artist available under a Creative Commons License

7. Who was the leader of the Taiping Rebellion?
Li Hongzhang
Zheng Chenggong
Hong Xiuquan
Taiping rebellion, flag
Flag of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. Image by Samhanin available under a Creative Commons License

8. What was the name given to the country of China in Roman times?
Assyria
Dacia
Serica
Silk road, Jiayuguan, fort
Fortress (14th century) at Great Wall of Jiayuguang, September 2009. Photo by Sigismund von Dobschütz available under a Creative Commons license .

9. By 1093 how many stars had been individually named in China?
823
1,565
12,976
mansions, xiu
The twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese astronomy. May 2008. Image by Mysid available under a Creative Commons License

10. Which is NOT one of the names of a Yi Jing Trigram?
Stone
Earth
Mountain
Yungang, buddhism, Shanxi
Cave 11, Yungang Grottoes, near Datong, Shanxi. October 2005.
Image by Felix Andrews available under a Creative Commons license

11. Thomas Wade and Herbert Giles who developed the Wade-Giles system to write Chinese were both professors of Chinese where?
Yale
Harvard
Cambridge, England
children, school
Girl doing school work

12. Many of the scenes of James Cameron's ‘Avatar’ film were made in which Chinese province?
Hunan
Hong Kong
Anhui
Hunan, mountains, landform, view

13. What makes Pingyao in Shanxi a popular visitor attraction?
Sacred mountain
Buddhist sculptures
Qing and Ming houses
rice, Yunnan, terraces
Terraces of rice fields in Yunnan

14. Which province (excluding the metropolitan areas) has the highest population density?
Jiangsu
Shandong
Zhejiang
Tiananmen Square, crowd
2004 PRC National Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. What a crowd! Image by pfctdayelise available under a Creative Commons License

15. Tian (crater lake) is an emblem of North Korea, which Chinese province shares it as a border?
Shanxi
Jilin
Liaoning
Jilin, Changbai, lake, view
Crater lake, Tian chi on the border of China and North Korea
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