General quiz about China 3

Intermediate level quiz about the geography, history, traditions and language of China (3)
1. Richard Nixon, US President visited Mao Zedong in which year?
1974
1968
1957
1972

2. What was the nationality of the ambassador killed in Beijing at the time of the Boxer Rebellion?
Italian
German
Russian
British
Dowager Empress Cixi, Qing dynasty
Dowager Empress Cixi with the wives of European diplomats in western clothing standing on either side, together with an adopted Chinese orphan. 1902. Image from http://puyi.netor.com/gallery available under a Creative Commons license .

3. The earliest printed book was produced in China in which year?
1263
1745
868
420
Diamond Sutra, image_bookcover, printing

4. The Altay mountains are on the border of China with which country?
North Korea
Afghanistan
Vietnam
Mongolia
Qinghai, snow, mountains

5. The Grand or Emperor's Canal linked which two Chinese cities?
Xi'an and Beijing
Shanghai and Beijing
Nanjing and Beijing
Hangzhou and Beijing
canal, junks
Xu Yang, 18th century painter from Suzhou, China; between 1736 and 1796. Image by Scan by Szilas available under a Creative Commons License

6. The tea plant is a close relative of which ornamental plant widely grown for its flowers?
Skimmia
Rose
Abelia
Camellia
tea, plantation, Zhejiang
Tea plantation near Hangzhou
Image by Shizhao available under a Creative Commons license

7. Wang Xizhi is most famous as what?
Reformer
Dancer
Calligrapher
Musician
y, buddha, sculpture
Buddha sculpture, Yungang caves, Shaanxi

8. The Battle of Yijiangshan Islands took place between which two combatants?
Republicans (KMT) and Communists (PLA)
Taiping rebels and Qing army
Japan and China
France and China

9. Hong Kong Island became a U.K. possession in which year?
1865
1856
1862
1842
Hong Kong
Hong Kong skyline from Victoria Peak. January 2008
Image by Gernot Kurze available under a Creative Commons license

10. Qigong martial art concentrates on particualar control of what?
breath
movement
aggression
balance
Taichi, Chongqing
Chinese man practicing traditional martial art (Datang quan) in Chongqing

11. The Yellow River has its source in which province?
Ningxia
Sichuan
Qinghai
Hubei
Qinghai, railway, mountains, snow

12. Which one of these is not one of the four treasures of the scholar?
brush
paper
chop (seal)
ink stone
calligraphy, Mifu, Song dynasty
Calligraphy by Mifu (c. 1097), Song Dynasty, Jiangsu province. Image by Naus available under a Creative Commons License

13. The blue color of Ming porcelain comes from which chemical element?
Aluminum
Uranium
Cobalt
Boron
Ming dynasty, porcelain, plate
Photo by Anonymous, Chinese plate, Ming dynasty, Yongle period 1403-1424, porcelain with under-glaze blue, 23 inches [58 cms] diameter, Honolulu Academy of Arts. Available under a Creative Commons license .

14. Sima Qian was famous as what?
historian
engineer
eunuch
philosopher
dog, han dynasty, pottery
A pottery dog from the Chinese Han Dynasty. Image by Gary Lee Todd available under a Creative Commons License

15. The Tiananmen Incident of 1989 occurred after the death of which leader?
Mao Zedong
Hu Yaobang
Jiang Qing
Hua Guofeng
Tiananmen Square, Beijing
Image by McKay Savage from London, UK available under a Creative Commons license January 2005

16. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is what?
Municpal council for Shanghai
Enivornmental action group
Group of Eurasian nations
Organize Yangzi River monitoring and management
Shanghai, The Bund
Historical buildings on Shanghai's famous Bund

17. The length of Mao's Long March was equivalent to what distance?
New York to Miami
New York to San Francisco
New York to San Francisco and back
New Orleans to New York
Luding bridge, Sichuan, Long March
The Luding Bridge over the Dadu River in Luding County, Sichuan. Image by fsyzh available under a Creative Commons License

18. Jade was historically mined from which range of mountains in China?
Kunlun
Nanling
Khingan
Qingling
jade, dragon
A dragon sculpted out of jade. Warring States period, Shanghai Museum
Image by Mountain available under a Creative Commons license

19. The governing philosophy of the Qin dynasty was what?
Confucianism
Daoism
Mohism
Legalism
Qin dynasty, Terracotta army, chariot, umbrella
Terracotta charioteer at the tomb of the first Qin Emperor Shihuangdi

20. Which of these is NOT one of the Five classics of Chinese literature
Spring and Autumn Annals
Classic of poetry
Book of history
Dream Pool Essays
Diamond Sutra, image_bookcover, printing
A page from the oldest known printed book - the Diamond Sutra, discovered near Dunhuang by Sir Marc Aurel Stein in 1907.
British Library, London
Image available under a Creative Commons license
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