May Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for May
1. When did the first known Chinese person visit Britain?
christian, Shen Fuzong

2. Under which British sovereign was the first official embassy sent off to China?
King Edward VI
Queen Victoria
Queen Elizabeth I
Macartney, embassy, kowtow
William Alexander's drawing of the reception of the Macartney embassy to China. Young Thomas Staunton (kneeling not kowtowing) receives a gift from the Emperor. Image by William Alexander available under a Creative Commons License

3. Which country other than Britain took part in the Opium Wars with China?
opium war, sea battle, junk, boat, ship
The East India Company iron steam ship Nemesis, commanded by Lieutenant W. H. Hall, with boats from the Sulphur, Calliope, Larne and Starling, destroying the Chinese war junks in Anson's Bay, on 7 January 1841. Image by Edward Duncan available under a Creative Commons License

4. The Uyghur people number over 8 million in which province do they mainly live?
Bejing, street, mcdonalds, people, PKChina-34
Beijing street. September 2019. Image by Paul Kerswill

5. Which European scientist considered the Yi Jing as proof of ancient knowledge of binary arithmetic?
Francis Bacon
Isaac Newton
yi jing
Three gold coins used for Yi Jing fortune telling

6. Which of these is NOT part of the Buddhist eightfold path to enlightenment
charitable work
abstain from sex
luohan, Buddhism
A luóhàn (arhat), found at Yixian, Hebei province, Liao dynasty (907-1125). British Museum, London. Image by David Castor available under a Creative Commons License

7. Why is rice planted in water?
improve flavor
suppress weeds
maintain moisture level
rice, Yunnan
Sheaves of rice set out to dry, Yuanyang, Yunnan

8. The 'Peony Pavilion' is a famous what?
Shanghai building
feng shui, turtle, tortoise, calligraphy
Bronze tortoise used in Feng Shui

9. How would you say 'next month' in Chinese?
后天 hòu tiān
昨天 zuó tiān
下个月 xià gè yuè
shanghai, skyscraper,
Modern Shanghai. Copyright Richard Wingfield, October 2017.

10. In which dynasty did Emperor Qianlong rule?
Laozi, philosopher
Statue of Lao Tzu (Laozi) in Quanzhou, Fujian. Image by Tom@HK available under a Creative Commons license .

11. Wade-Giles is a method for doing what?
Decorating porcelain
Sailing a Chinese junk
Writing Chinese with English letters
calligraphy, teaching, people
Teaching calligraphy

12. The noon day gun is fired every day where?
Hong Kong
marriage, tea, ceremony
Chinese marriage ceremony

13. A meeting at Lushan in 1959 brought an end to the career of which revolutionary leader
Zhu De
Lin Biao
Peng Dehuai
Jiangxi, Lushan, waterfall
Waterfall on Lushan mountains, Jiangxi

14. In which Chinese province was the 14th Dalai Lama (present leader) born?
Buddhism , prayer wheel
Buddhist prayer wheels at Wudang temple, Inner Mongolia

15. An auspicious arrangement of hills is sometimes called?
sleeping phoenix
hidden dragon
grasping monkey
Zhejiang, mountains, view
Zhejiang scenery near Hangzhou including a tea plantation
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