December Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for December
1. “It doesn't matter whether a cat is white or black, as long as it catches mice” is a famous saying of which Chinese leader?
Jiang Zemin
Deng Xiaoping
Zhou Enlai
Hainan, Haikou, modern housing
Haikou city, Hainan island

2. The game of 'go' was a Chinese invention, what is its name in China?
weiqi
xiang sheng
xiangqi
wuzhi coin, money, coin
A wide selection of different types of Chinese coins. Image provided by David Hartill

3. The Long March of 1934-35 started from which province?
Guizhou
Jiangxi
Guangdong
Mao Zedong,  Long March
Mao Zedong during Long March. 1934-1936. Image available under a Creative Commons License

4. Yǔ is a common character what does it mean?
expensive
rain
abundance
Qing dynasty, Beihai Park, Beijing, roof
Beijing park pavilion roof

5. Mandarin ducks represent what in Chinese artwork?
marital harmony
wealth
peace
duck, mandarin, whiteknights

6. The 'Hundred Schools of Philosophy' period occurred when in Chinese history?
Han dynasty
Min dynasty
Eastern Zhou dynasty
Confucius, Qufu

7. Which country briefly conquered the island of Taiwan in 1884?
U.S.A.
Great Britain
France
Taiwan, Taipei
Taiwan's National Concert Hall located in Taipei December 2006. Image by Scchiang available under a Creative Commons license .

8. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower is located in which city?
Shanghai
Beijing
Lanzhou
Shanghai, Pudong, skyscraper

9. Chengde (aka Jehol) was built as a summer resort for the emperors of which dynasty?
Yuan dynasty
Qing dynasty
Han dynasty
Hebei, Chengde, Buddhism, ding
Buddhist temple at Chengde, Hebei

10. China grows roughly what proportion of the world's rice?
50%
28%
66%
rice, Guangxi, terraces
Terraced rice fields being planted in Guangxi province

11. The number of the year in China is counted from the following event?
Founding of the Republic of China
Birth of the Yellow Emperor
Foundation of the Han dynasty
ming tomb, silk, Dongling, Emperor Wanli
When Wanli's tomb was opened in 1956, his invaluable silk robes began immediately to decay. Fortunately, they were copied by skillful workers who reproduced the beauty of these garments. Image by G41rn8 available under a Creative Commons License

12. In traditional medicine Goji berries were traditionally used to treat what?
bronchitis
high blood pressure
tuberculosis
TCM, calligraphy
A range of traditional medicines with calligraphy extolling the virtues of TCM

13. The tomb of the First Qin Emperor is located in which province?
Shaanxi
Sichuan
Hebei
Qin dynasty, Terracotta army
The famous terracotta warriors at the tomb of the first Qin Emperor Shihuangdi

14. Which number is traditionally associated with the Emperor?
five
ten
nine
Ming dynasty, Forbidden City, view, Beijing
View of the Forbidden City, Beijing from the peak of Jingshan Hill

15. The ‘Elephant Game’ is the Chinese name for which pastime?
chess
rummy
mahjong
Nine Dragon Wall, dragon, Beijing
Nine Dragon Wall in the Forbidden City in Beijing. 2012. All made from ceramic glazed tiles. Photo by Seebeer , available under a Creative Commons license .
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