November Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for November
1. What are the ten wings of the Yi Jing (I Ching)?
Herbs
Magical powers
Appendices
Yi Jing, I Ching, Song dynasty
A page from a Song Dynasty (960-1279) printed book of the I Ching (Yi Jing, Classic of Changes or Book of Changes) , 17.7x11.9cm, printed book, in the National Central Library in Taipei. Image by Song era print artist available under a Creative Commons License

2. A scholar used to be expected to be proficient at playing which musical instrument?
Erhu
Guqin
Pipa
music, erhu
Erhu players at Tianjin University Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

3. Thomas Wade and Herbert Giles who developed the Wade-Giles system to write Chinese were both professors of Chinese where?
Yale
Cambridge, England
Oxford, England
children, school
Girl doing school work

4. Which province (excluding the metropolitan areas) has the highest population density?
Jiangsu
Shandong
Guangdong
Tiananmen Square, crowd
2004 PRC National Day at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. What a crowd! Image by pfctdayelise available under a Creative Commons License

5. What was the name given to the country of China in Roman times?
Cyrenica
Serica
Assyria
Silk road, Jiayuguan, fort
Fortress (14th century) at Great Wall of Jiayuguang, September 2009. Photo by Sigismund von Dobschütz available under a Creative Commons license .

6. Which is NOT one of the names of a Yi Jing Trigram?
Stone
Mountain
Thunder
Mao Zedong, badge, PRC
Pin badges of Mao Zedong at a market stall

7. Why are bats considered lucky?
symbol of Emperor
marriage symbol
name sounds like fortune
bat
Five bats in the outer ring surrounding the character for longevity. Wishing good fortune and a long life.

8. Many of the scenes of James Cameron's ‘Avatar’ film were made in which Chinese province?
Hunan
Xinjiang
Hong Kong
Hunan, mountains, landform, view

9. By 1093 how many stars had been individually named in China?
1,565
179
823
mansions, xiu
The twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese astronomy. May 2008. Image by Mysid available under a Creative Commons License

10. Together with Yunnan and Guangdong, which other province lies on the Tropic of Cancer?
Sichuan
Guangxi
Anhui
Hainan, tropical plants, coast
Tropical garden on Hainan island

11. Who was the leader of the Taiping Rebellion?
Lin Zexu
Hong Xiuquan
Zheng Chenggong
Taiping rebellion, flag
Flag of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. Image by Samhanin available under a Creative Commons License

12. The second lowest place (depression) in the world is located whereabouts in China?
Turpan, Xinjiang
Golmud, Qinghai
Hohhot, Inner Mongolia
Guizhou, view, mountains
Mountains on the Guizhou-Yunnan border

13. The stone forest (Shilin) can be found in which province?
Guangdong
Gansu
Yunnan
Yunnan, stone forest, landform
Stone forest (Shilin) near Kunming, Yunnan

14. Tian (crater lake) is an emblem of North Korea, which Chinese province shares it as a border?
Shanxi
Anhui
Jilin
Jilin, Changbai, lake, view
Crater lake, Tian chi on the border of China and North Korea

15. What makes Pingyao in Shanxi a popular visitor attraction?
Qing and Ming houses
Sacred mountain
Imperial tombs
stars, buddhism, constellations
Celestial Buddhas and Deities of the Northern, Western, and Central Dipper Constellations. c.1500CE. Image by LACMA available under a Creative Commons License
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