October Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for October
1. Where in China did Britain invade in 1903?
Shandong
Xiamen
Tibet
Buddhism, temple, religion
Buddhist temple gate in Guangdong, China; including stone lions. Image by Chauchunyin available under a Creative Commons license .

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

3. Between the whole period 1990 to 2007 what was China's average annual economic growth rate?
25%
20%
6%
Chongqing, skyscraper
New, modern office buildings in Chongqing, 2014

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

5. When did China launch its first satellite?
1995
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. Blue and white porcelain is mostly associated with which dynasty?
Qing
Tang
Ming
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

7. What proportion of those who set out on the Long March reached the destination?
22%
38%
12%
Long march;rally
A Communist cadre leader addressing survivors of the Long March. Image available under a Creative Commons License

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

9. The downfall of the Sui dynasty is mainly attributed to the failed military campaign to conquer which country?
Vietnam
Japan
Korea
Ming dynasty, pagoda
Ming dynasty Linlong pagoda detail

10. Which province is the hottest in July?
Fujian
Yunnan
Hainan
tea, plantation, Zhejiang
Tea plantation near Hangzhou
Image by Shizhao available under a Creative Commons license

11. Maotoi is a famous Chinese liquor, where in China is it made?
Kunming
Guizhou
Xi'an
abacus
Chinese abacus. Photo by Loadmaster (David R. Tribble), available under a Creative Commons license .This image was modified from its original form.

12. 'Sinkiang' is an old spelling of which Chinese place?
Shanghai
Xinjiang
Xinxiang
Guangdong, Qingxingyan, pavilion, garden
The Star Lake (Qingxingyan) at Zhaoqing, Guangdong

13. The ancient examinations required learning the Confucian classics by heart, which consist of how many characters?
400,000
50,000
200,000
Confucius, Qufu
Temple of Confucius, Qufu, Shandong

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

15. Yang Guifei was a concubine who became infatuated by which Emperor?
Xuanzong
Qianlong
Wudi
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
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