Traditions Quiz 1

Starter level quiz all about Chinese traditions
1. The Yi Jing (I Ching) system of fortune telling has a system of how many hexagrams?
66
32
64
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

2. What is Dimsum?
thick noodles
stuffed boiled dough
snake meat
Guangdong, Shenzhen, food, shop
A store at Shenzhen Baoan Xixiang market, Guangdong. 2014 Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

3. The Chinese pipa is a type of what?
bell
drum
lute
music, guzheng
Guzheng is a traditional Chinese musical instrument belonging to the zither family of string instruments

4. Which plant is mentioned in the Buddhist mantra 'Om mani padme hum'?
lotus
plum
orchid
Buddhism , Mount Emei, Sichuan, elephant
Golden palace at the top of Mount Emei, Sichaun with the world's highest status of Pǔxián Púsà 賢菩薩.

5. Firecrackers are usually which color in China?
blue
red
green
lantern festival, festival, fujian
Lantern Festival, Daoist parade of gods (Ngi?ng-s?ng) in Luoyuan, Fuzhou. Image by LuHungnguong available under a Creative Commons License

6. When is the next dragon astrological year?
2022
2024
2028
silk, dragon
Silk embroidery of Chinese dragon

7. How many types of dragon are there in mahjong?
3
none
1
teahouse, people, mahjong
Drinking tea and playing Mahjong in a park Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

8. Which color was reserved for the roof tiles of Imperial buildings?
green
yellow
blue
Qing dynasty, Beihai Park, Beijing, roof
Beijing park pavilion roof

9. Where might you find a man riding a hen?
in a Lion dance
on a roof
at Qing Ming festival

10. Which was traditionally NOT added to tea as a flavoring?
chrysanthemum
onion
sugar
Fujian, tea plantation
Tea in flower at a plantation in Fujian Province

11. The chrysanthemum represents which season?
spring
winter
autumn
Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum design motif (Plate 92) available under a Creative Commons License

12. An ink stone is used for what?
create solid marks
resting brushes
grinding ink
imperial inscription, vermillion,  calligraphy, Emperor Qianlong
Part of a memorandum from a high official with a vermillion ink note added by Emperor Qianlong.

13. The Erhu is the most common traditional stringed instrument, how many strings does it have?
8
2
4
Dunhuang, Gansu, music
Musicians in paradise, Yulin cave 25, Dunhuang, Tang Dynasty
Image available under a Creative Commons license

14. Dowager Empress Cixi was very fond of which dog breed?
Pug
Chow
Pekingese
dog, han dynasty, pottery
A pottery dog from the Chinese Han Dynasty. Image by Gary Lee Todd available under a Creative Commons License

15. Which would you NOT expect to find in a Chinese garden?
bridge
lawn
bamboo
chinoiserie, chinese bridge, garden
Chinese bridge. Apremont Gardens, France. Image by Parc floral available under a Creative Commons License

16. Confucius and Lao Zi are both said to have lived how long ago?
500 years
2,500 years
1,500 years
Confucius, Beijing
Statue of Confucius at the Imperial Academy (Guozijian) Beijing

17. Which astrological animal heads the sequence of twelve?
dragon
rat
tiger
Hong Kong, zodiac, sculpture
The Garden of the Chinese Zodiac features twelve carved animals in the gardens of Kowloon Walled City Park, Hong Kong

18. In the Dragon dance, the dragon(s) typically chase what?
pearl
sun
chyrsanthemem
dance, dragon, Foshan, people
Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

19. What is an 'eye' in mahjong?
run of four
blue dragon
a pair of tiles
mahjong, game
Playing mahjong at Seattle's Chinatown-International District Night Market, Hing Hay Park, International District, Seattle, Washington. Image by Joe Mabel available under a Creative Commons License

20. Losing what is considered a disaster in China?
weight
memory
face
Gansu, desert, people
Walking on the Taklimakan desert sand dunes near Dunhuang, Gansu
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