July monthly Quiz

A monthly tough quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for July
1. How long did Japan occupy the island of Taiwan?
800 years
100 years
50 years
Taiwan, Taipei
Taiwan's National Concert Hall located in Taipei December 2006. Image by Scchiang available under a Creative Commons license .

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

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

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

5. A melon in a Chinese picture may symbolize a wish for what?
rain
riches
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

6. The Taklamakan desert is in which province?
Heilongjiang
Hunan
Xinjiang
Xinjiang, camel, desert

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

8. How many people performers are needed for a lion dance?
one
four
two
festival, temple, lion dance
Traditional lion dance near a temple

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

10. Which element destroys the water element in the feng shui system?
fire
air
earth
Huangguoshu Falls, Guizhou, waterfall
Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou 瀑布. August 2005.
Image by WaitinZ available under a Creative Commons license

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

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

13. The Chinese Rites controversy of 1704 decided by the Pope was about what?
Ancestor veneration
Paintings of Christ
Foot binding
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. By tradition the semi-precious stone jade is said to be made of what?
crystallized moonlight
petrified grass
oyster shells
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

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