Traditions Quiz 2

Intermediate level quiz all about Chinese traditions.
1. Which is NOT included in pairs of animal statues along the sacred road to the Ming Tombs?
camel
lion
dragon
horse
Ming tombs, statue, sacred way
Statue on the way of souls towards the Ming tombs near Beijing. This is one of a pair of facing statues representing an official waiting to deliver his reports to the emperor. The reports would be in the form of vertical ideogramic script brushed onto a number of wood or ivory tablets. Available under a Creative Commons License

2. Which of these is an inappropriate gift because of traditional symbolism?
chocolates
apricots
wine
pears
Spring Festival, Shenzhen, market, people, lantern
Buying supplies for the Chinese New Year Festival, Shenzhen Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

3. The 'Preface to poems composed at the Orchid Pavilion' is a attributed to which writer?
Su Shi
Bai Juyi
Wang Xizhi
Du Fu
calligraphy, children
Child practising calligraphy

4. The swastika symbol in China symbolizes a wish for what?
children
death
peace
long life
swastika
The two forms of swastika combined to give a lattice window design motif.

5. General Hanxin used kites in his military campaigns to do what?
spread fire
signaling
making aerial noises
measure distance
kite, dragon
A Chinese long dragon kite. Image by available under a Creative Commons license

6. Singles day in China is on which day each year?
August 17th
April 11th
November 11th
January 1st
restaurant, food, people, Sichuan
A traditional Sichuan chafing dish lunch at Jiezi, Sichuan Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

7. Which of these is not considered a strongly nourishing food in China?
Duck
beef steak
Tea
Chicken soup
food
Cuisine of China: Snake meat. Photo by Poco a poco available under a Creative Commons license .

8. Under what kind of tree did the Buddha achieve enlightenment?
ginkgo
oak
pipal
paulownia
Sui dynasty, Longmen Grottoes, Henan, deity, Buddhism
The Longmen grottoes, Henan feature many Buddhist carvings

9. What grows in the garden of the Queen Mother of the West that bestows immortality?
cabbages
jujubes
persimmons
peaches
garden, Jiangsu
Chinese garden in autumn, Yangzhou, Jiangsu

10. The Isles of the Blessed were thought to lie in which direction from China?
north
east
south-west
west
immortality
Painting and calligraphy from a large format Chinese album illustrating stories of Taoist immortals -people who sought or achieved immortality. One of 15 paintings. The text concerns a Taoist adept, Wang Qiao, a Han period official. Image by British Library available under a Creative Commons License

11. In Feng Shui the fire element is associated with which taste?
salty
umami
bitter
pungent

12. The Qilin is broadly similar to which western mythical creature?
centaur
chimaera
unicorn
phoenix

13. Bamboo is used for many things, which of these is it NOT been used for?
making scaffolding
making paper
making bowls
eating
bamboo
“Bamboo under Spring Rain” by Xia Chang, 1388-1470. Philadelphia Museum of Art
Image for Google Art Project available under a Creative Commons license

14. Lion stone statues are often placed at temples entrances, by tradition what does the one on the right hold in its paw?
cub
toad
dove
ball
Shanghai, lion, bronze
Chinese lion door knocker in Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

15. How many white pieces are there in a standard game of weiqi (go)?
50
16
200
180

16. Mao's wife Jiang Qing was responsible for major reforms in which area?
opera
factories
agriculture
silk production
Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing and Mao Zedong. Source : Netor.com . Available under a Creative Commons license .

17. Shaoxing is famous for producing what?
soy sauce
black tea
noodles
rice wine
Zhejiang, mountains, view
Zhejiang scenery near Hangzhou including a tea plantation

18. The stars in the Chinese sky are organized as what?
chess game
garden
provinces
Imperial court
mansions, xiu
The twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese astronomy. May 2008. Image by Mysid available under a Creative Commons License

19. The English name 'tea' has what origin?
Fujian word
Indian word
Portuguese word
Malay word
tea, people
Demonstrating the elaborate tea ceremony at the Du Fu Thatched Cottage Museum, Chengdu, Sichuan

20. Mongolian food has many dishes that use which meat?
beef
lamb
yak
tofu
Inner Mongolia, landscape, horse, rider
A horseman riding over the grasslands of Inner Mongolia
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