Traditions Quiz 2Intermediate level quiz all about Chinese traditions.
1. The stars in the Chinese sky are organized as what?
Rather than a mix of Greek legends the Chinese night sky is more logically arranged to be like the Imperial court down on Earth with prisons, courts, orchards and temples.
2. General Hanxin used kites in his military campaigns to do what?
making aerial noises
General Hanxin (c. 231-196 BCE) used kites to measure the distance to enemy walls so that guns could be targeted and tunnels could be excavated to the correct distance. A kite was flown so that its shadow would just touch the target object, by knowing the length of string and the angle of sun and string the exact distance could be calculated.
3. What grows in the garden of the Queen Mother of the West that bestows immortality?
4. Which of these is an inappropriate gift because of traditional symbolism?
A pear has an unfortunate homophone 离 lí which means 'separate; divide' so it should never be given as a present to a couple.
5. Mongolian food has many dishes that use which meat?
6. In Feng Shui the fire element is associated with which taste?
The fire element is also associated with the number 7 and the planet Mars.
7. The English name 'tea' has what origin?
The English word 'tea' comes from the local Fujian dialect which pronounces 茶 as 'ti'. In mandarin Chinese it is pronounced 'cha' which is a less well used English word.
8. Shaoxing is famous for producing what?
9. The Isles of the Blessed were thought to lie in which direction from China?
10. Which of these is not considered a strongly nourishing food in China?
Beef steak is not considered to be a highly nourishing food, it is too high in protein to be well balanced.
11. The swastika symbol in China symbolizes a wish for what?
12. Mao's wife Jiang Qing was responsible for major reforms in which area?
Mao's third wife Jiang Qing was an actress and was put in charge of zealously reforming the arts. Traditional Beijing Opera was banned during the Cultural Revolution because the stories were about the old, feudal structures of society.
13. Bamboo is used for many things, which of these is it NOT been used for?
There are few materials that permit you to eat it from a bowl, sitting on a chair within a house all made from it. This most versatile of substances is bamboo. it can be made into almost anything: houses, furniture, baskets, pipes, fencing, paper, clothing, cups, plates, flutes, beer, hats – and you can even eat it as the young shoots are eaten as a delicacy.
14. Under what kind of tree did the Buddha achieve enlightenment?
December 8th celebrates Buddha's enlightenment underneath the pipal or bodhi tree (c. 400BCE).
15. The Qilin is broadly similar to which western mythical creature?
The Chinese qilin's similarity to the Western unicorn is mainly due to its association with gentleness, virtue and benevolence.
16. Singles day in China is on which day each year?
17. Lion stone statues are often placed at temples entrances, by tradition what does the one on the right hold in its paw?
The right-hand lion has a ball as it it the male lion, the lioness on the left traditionally holds a lion cub.
18. Which is NOT included in pairs of animal statues along the sacred road to the Ming Tombs?
19. How many white pieces are there in a standard game of weiqi (go)?
There are 181 black pieces in weiqi (game of go) and black always places a piece first on the 19x19 board. By the end of the game, if no pieces are removed half the places would be filled.
20. The 'Preface to poems composed at the Orchid Pavilion' is a attributed to which writer?
Wang Xizhi is considered the master of calligraphy.
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