December Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for December
1. Which number is traditionally associated with the Emperor?
ten
five
nine
Ming dynasty, Forbidden City, view, Beijing
View of the Forbidden City, Beijing from the peak of Jingshan Hill

2. “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?
Hua Guofeng
Deng Xiaoping
Jiang Zemin
Hainan, Haikou, modern housing
Haikou city, Hainan island

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

4. The game of 'go' was a Chinese invention, what is its name in China?
ma jiang
xiang sheng
weiqi
Beijing, banquet, food, PKChina-59
Banquet in Beijing. September 2019. Image by Paul Kerswill

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

6. Yǔ is a common character what does it mean?
abundance
rain
fish
Suzhou, garden, moon gate
Traditional style Suzhou house and garden, Jiangsu

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

8. The ‘Elephant Game’ is the Chinese name for which pastime?
rounders
rummy
chess
pine tree, carving
Traditional carving of a pine tree, a symbol of longevity

9. China grows roughly what proportion of the world's rice?
50%
40%
28%
rice, Guangxi, terraces
Terraced rice fields being planted in Guangxi province

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

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

12. Mandarin ducks represent what in Chinese artwork?
young love
marital harmony
long life
duck, mandarin, whiteknights

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

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

15. The number of the year in China is counted from the following event?
Birth of the Yellow Emperor
Foundation of the Han dynasty
Foundation of the Qin 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
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