October Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for October
1. Wuhan was formed out of Wuchang, Hankou and which other city in 1926?
Yueyang
Yichang
Hanyang
Wuhan
Town of Wuhan on the Bank of the Yangzi River, with View of the Huanghe Tower, Buildings, and Boats. Hubei Province, China, 1874. Image by Boiarskii, Adolf-Nikolay Erazmovich available under a Creative Commons License

2. In a traditional betrothal what event could result in breaking off the engagement?
Becoming unemployed
Having an affair
Seeing each other
wedding, marriage
Traditional Chinese wedding. 20th March 2009. Image available under a Creative Commons license .

3. Which province is the hottest in July?
Guangdong
Yunnan
Fujian
Guizhou, view, mountains
Mountains on the Guizhou-Yunnan border

4. Between the whole period 1990 to 2007 what was China's average annual economic growth rate?
15%
20%
6%
Chongqing, skyscraper
New, modern office buildings in Chongqing, 2014

5. When did China launch its first satellite?
1990
1970
2000
china, space launch, rocket launch, long march
The launch of Long March 3B Rocket, Xichang Satellite Center, China. 1997 or 1998. Image by AAxanderr available under a Creative Commons License

6. Where in China did Britain invade in 1903?
Tibet
Shandong
Xiamen
Tibet, yak, stupa, view
Three yaks with Buddhist stupas in Tibet

7. Yang Guifei was a concubine who became infatuated by which Emperor?
Wudi
Wendi
Xuanzong
Yang Guifei, tang dynasty
Color woodcut by Yashima Gakutei (Japan, c.1786-1868). Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Image by Gallery available under a Creative Commons License

8. The downfall of the Sui dynasty is mainly attributed to the failed military campaign to conquer which country?
Korea
Mongolia
Vietnam
Qing dynasty, Qing tombs, Hebei, building
Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qing dynasty, Zunhua, Hebei

9. Which city was known as Britain's front door into China?
Hong Kong
Shanghai
Tianjin
Shanghai, bridge, road, cityscape

10. Maotoi is a famous Chinese liquor, where in China is it made?
Shanghai
Guizhou
Shaoxing
Buddhism , prayer wheel
Buddhist prayer wheels at Wudang temple, Inner Mongolia

11. What proportion of those who set out on the Long March reached the destination?
32%
12%
55%
Long march;rally
A Communist cadre leader addressing survivors of the Long March. Image available under a Creative Commons License

12. The ancient examinations required learning the Confucian classics by heart, which consist of how many characters?
100,000
2,000,000
400,000
Confucius, Qufu
Temple of Confucius, Qufu, Shandong

13. Blue and white porcelain is mostly associated with which dynasty?
Tang
Ming
Song
chinoiserie, plate, willow pattern, blue and white, pottery
Plate: round, flat with decor in blue in sk. Willow pattern. On the bottom of the inside a river landscape with buildings. Around this a lace-like border with outward-facing heads. Around a lambrequin burlap with flowers and spiral and honey cell patterns. Willow-pattern, Qing dynasty, about 1770. Image by Hallwylska museum available under a Creative Commons License

14. The British embassies to China led by Lord Maccartney and Lord Amherst both foundered on which problem?
Language translation
Performing the kowtow
Sickness
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

15. 'Sinkiang' is an old spelling of which Chinese place?
Xinjiang
Suzhou
Xinxiang
Xinjiang, sheep, yurt
Flock of sheep near Lake Yileimu in Xinjiang with herdsman's yurt
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