October Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for October
1. 'Sinkiang' is an old spelling of which Chinese place?
Xinjiang
Shaoxing
Xinxiang
Guangdong, Guangzhou
Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower, seen from front entrance of Hongcheng Park, Ersha Island, Guangzhou, China. July 2010. Image by Kxx available under a Creative Commons license .

2. The British embassies to China led by Lord Maccartney and Lord Amherst both foundered on which problem?
Performing the kowtow
Travel arrangements
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

3. When did China launch its first satellite?
1970
1995
1990
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

4. Yang Guifei was a concubine who became infatuated by which Emperor?
Wudi
Xuanzong
Wendi
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

5. Which province is the hottest in July?
Yunnan
Hainan
Fujian
Jilin, Changbai, lake, view
Crater lake, Tian chi on the border of China and North Korea

6. The downfall of the Sui dynasty is mainly attributed to the failed military campaign to conquer which country?
Burma
Korea
Japan
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, temple
Qian King Temple on the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. October 2008.
Image by kanegen available under a Creative Commons license

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

8. Where in China did Britain invade in 1903?
Tibet
Shandong
Guangzhou
SunXinde, calligraphy
Calligraphy by the Chinese calligrapher Sun Xinde July 2005 Photo by Immanuel Giel , available under a Creative Commons license .

9. Wuhan was formed out of Wuchang, Hankou and which other city in 1926?
Hanyang
Anqing
Yichang
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

10. Maotoi is a famous Chinese liquor, where in China is it made?
Shanghai
Shaoxing
Guizhou
Shanghai, Chinese new year, dragon dance
New Year dragon, Shanghai

11. Between the whole period 1990 to 2007 what was China's average annual economic growth rate?
10%
20%
6%
Chongqing, skyscraper
New, modern office buildings in Chongqing, 2014

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

13. Blue and white porcelain is mostly associated with which dynasty?
Ming
Qing
Tang
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. What proportion of those who set out on the Long March reached the destination?
38%
12%
32%
Long march;rally
A Communist cadre leader addressing survivors of the Long March. Image available under a Creative Commons License

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