July monthly Quiz

A monthly tough quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for July
1. Which element destroys the water element in the feng shui system?
air
fire
earth
Huangguoshu Falls, Guizhou, waterfall
Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou 瀑布. August 2005.
Image by WaitinZ available under a Creative Commons license

2. Oracle bones were mainly used for divination in which dynasty?
Han
Shang
Qin
oracle bones, mother, mu
'Mother' in oracle bone script. Image by Bookworm8899 available under a Creative Commons License

3. The first book of Chinese poetry the Book of Odes was written when?
800CE
600BCE
1,500CE
calligraphy, Ouyang Xun,  1000 characters
One Thousand Character classic in Ouyang Xun calligraphy style. Image by available under a Creative Commons License

4. How many people performers are needed for a lion dance?
lots
three
two
festival, temple, lion dance
Traditional lion dance near a temple

5. By tradition the semi-precious stone jade is said to be made of what?
gingko roots
crystallized moonlight
panda bones
jade, fish, lotus
Qing dynasty jade Fish and Lotus Ornament , Capital Museum, Beijing. Complete indexed photo collection at WorldHistoryPics.com. Image by Gary Todd available under a Creative Commons License

6. A traditional doctor in China will take considerable time checking what?
hearing
eyesight
pulse
TCM
Dispensing traditional medicine prescriptions. Graham Street Market, Hong Kong. 2010 Image by deror_avi available under a Creative Commons license .

7. What was Sichuan's most important export in the past
salt
rice
wheat
Sichuan
Chengdu Plain, Sichuan.
Image by Cdwaer available under a Creative Commons license

8. A melon in a Chinese picture may symbolize a wish for what?
good luck
rain
children
melon, box, grapes
Lidded box in form of a melon with grapevines, probably Chang'an, Shaanxi province, China, early to mid Tang dynasty, late 7th-early 8th century AD, cast and hammered silver. Image by Daderot available under a Creative Commons License

9. How long did Japan occupy the island of Taiwan?
50 years
10 years
100 years
Taiwan, Taipei
Taiwan's National Concert Hall located in Taipei December 2006. Image by Scchiang available under a Creative Commons license .

10. The Taklamakan desert is in which province?
Tibet
Heilongjiang
Xinjiang
Xinjiang, camel, desert

11. In which province is Maotai liquor made?
Guizhou
Hubei
Jiangsu
Maotai, PKChina-42
Maotai spirit at Baijia Dayuan restaurant, Beijing. September 2019. Image by Paul Kerswill

12. The Wuyishan mountains were used as the film location for which epic film?
Lord of the Rings
The English Patient
Avator
hunan, Zhangjiajie, shop, PKChina-02
Street scene at Zhangjiajie, Hunan. September 2019. Image by Paul Kerswill

13. The Chinese Rites controversy of 1704 decided by the Pope was about what?
Use of Latin
Ancestor veneration
Paintings of Christ
Matteo Ricci SJ, christianity
Matteo Ricci and Paul Xu Guangqi From Athanasius Kircher, La Chine … Illustr?e, Amsterdam, 1670. Image from web page Image available under a Creative Commons license .

14. Which Central Asian country does China not have a border with?
Tajikistan
Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan
silk road, Xian, sculpture
Statue commemorating the Silk Road, Xian

15. What was the 'cangue' used to punish minor crimes?
wooden neck board
water torture
metal lash
torture,  cangue. neck tower
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