February monthly Quiz

A monthly tough quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for July
1. Which of these items is not claimed as a Chinese invention?
umbrella
porcelain
toothbrush
Forbidden City, lion, Beijing
Gilt bronze lion guarding the Forbidden City

2. Emperor Yao is credited with which important innovation?
adopting Confucian doctrine
appointment on merit
dams to control river flow
emperor shun, legend, emperor
Emperor Shun performs divination in the palace. Made by Jiang Tingxi c.1725. Available under a Creative Commons License

3. Which three cities are considered the three furnaces of China?
Nanjing, Guangzhou and Tianjin
Nanjing, Chongqing and Wuhan
Nanjing, Guangzhou and Shanghai
Tibet, lake, mountains
Manasarovar lake and Mount Namunani, Tibet

4. During the Ming dynasty most paper was made from the leaves of which plant?
banana
grass
bamboo
paper making, paper
Stacks of handmade paper

5. Pudong is a district of which major city?
Xi'an
Beijing
Shanghai
Shanghai, Pudong, skyscraper

6. Dandong is on the major crossing point to which neighbouring country?
Mongolia
North Korea
Pakistan
Jilin, autumn
Autumn in Jilin

7. Lady Hao was a military leader from which dynasty
Han
Shang
Sui
Shang dynasty, tomb, Lady Hao, Henan
Tomb of Lady Fu Hao, Yinxu, Henan, China. Available under a Creative Commons License

8. The grand canal link used to originally link which city to Hangzhou?
Jinan
Xi'an
Luoyang
grand canal, Zhejiang, bridge
Bridge over the Grand Canal, Hangzhou

9. What was the 'Mukden incident' of 1931?
attack on Chiang Kaishek
outbreak of plague
railway sabotage
Heilongjiang, Harbin, modern housing, view
Skyline of Harbin, Heilongjiang

10. The tulou houses of the Hakka people are mostly found in which province?
Hubei
Anhui
Fujian
Fujian, Tulou, lantern

11. Suzhou in Jiangsu province is famous for what?
gardens
porcelain
tea
bridge, Suzhou, Macartney, Alexander
A bridge near Suzhou. The Emperor commanded all bridges to give the embassy a military salute. The horseshoe shape was quite common around Suzhou. Painted by the official artist to the Macartney British Embassy to China 1793-94. Image by William Alexander available under a Creative Commons License

12. The Dawn Redwood is a living fossil which was 'rediscovered' in which province?
Tibet
Hubei
Heilongjiang
chinese wildlife,  dawn redwood,  Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Metasequoia glyptostroboides. May 2005. Image by Georges Jansoone available under a Creative Commons License

13. Early compasses were often made in the form of what?
knife
ladle
needle
feng shui, compass
Division of a traditional Feng Shui compass

14. Who is mostly attributed for taming the Yellow River?
Emperor Taizong
Yu the Great
Mao Zedong
Yellow river, waterfall, river
Hukou Waterfall on the Yellow River

15. Which chemical element traditionally provided the red color for seals and inks?
bismuth
antimony
mercury
Dao de jing, seal, Daoism, Gian Jinlin
A seal by Gian Jinlun (1888-1950) which uses text from the Dao de Jing (Tao Te Ching). Image by Cangjie6 available under a Creative Commons License
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