October Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for October
1. Which city was known as Britain's front door into China?
Beijing
Hong Kong
Shanghai
Shanghai, bridge, road, cityscape

2. In a traditional betrothal what event could result in breaking off the engagement?
Seeing each other
Becoming unemployed
Joining the army
wedding, marriage
Traditional Chinese wedding. 20th March 2009. Image available under a Creative Commons license .

3. Blue and white porcelain is mostly associated with which dynasty?
Tang
Ming
Qing
chinoiserie, plate, willow pattern, blue and white, pottery
Plate: round, flat with decor in blue in sk. Willow pattern. On the bottom of the inside a river landscape with buildings. Around this a lace-like border with outward-facing heads. Around a lambrequin burlap with flowers and spiral and honey cell patterns. Willow-pattern, Qing dynasty, about 1770. Image by Hallwylska museum available under a Creative Commons License

4. Maotoi is a famous Chinese liquor, where in China is it made?
Shanghai
Chengdu
Guizhou
Tang dynasty, Sancai, porcelain
Photo by Rosemania , Palace Museum, Beijing. Sancai horse, Tang Dynasty, 618-907 A.D. Available under a Creative Commons license .

5. When did China launch its first satellite?
2000
1970
1990
china, space launch, rocket launch, long march
The launch of Long March 3B Rocket, Xichang Satellite Center, China. 1997 or 1998. Image by AAxanderr available under a Creative Commons License

6. Between the whole period 1990 to 2007 what was China's average annual economic growth rate?
25%
6%
20%
Chongqing, skyscraper
New, modern office buildings in Chongqing, 2014

7. Where in China did Britain invade in 1903?
Tibet
Shandong
Tianjin
Tiananmen Square, Beijing
Image by McKay Savage from London, UK available under a Creative Commons license January 2005

8. The ancient examinations required learning the Confucian classics by heart, which consist of how many characters?
100,000
200,000
400,000
Confucius, Qufu
Temple of Confucius, Qufu, Shandong

9. The downfall of the Sui dynasty is mainly attributed to the failed military campaign to conquer which country?
Korea
Japan
Burma
Mao Zedong, mausoleum, Tiananmen Square, PRC
Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Tiananmen Square, Beijing

10. Which province is the hottest in July?
Yunnan
Jiangsu
Fujian
Sichuan, Mount Gongga, mountains, snow
Mount Gongga, Sichuan

11. What proportion of those who set out on the Long March reached the destination?
32%
12%
55%
Long march;rally
A Communist cadre leader addressing survivors of the Long March. Image available under a Creative Commons License

12. Wuhan was formed out of Wuchang, Hankou and which other city in 1926?
Huangshi
Hanyang
Anqing
Wuhan
Town of Wuhan on the Bank of the Yangzi River, with View of the Huanghe Tower, Buildings, and Boats. Hubei Province, China, 1874. Image by Boiarskii, Adolf-Nikolay Erazmovich available under a Creative Commons License

13. 'Sinkiang' is an old spelling of which Chinese place?
Xinjiang
Shaoxing
Shanghai
rice
Guilin rice terrace in summer, Guangxi. Photo by Mgmoscatello available under a Creative Commons license .

14. Yang Guifei was a concubine who became infatuated by which Emperor?
Wudi
Xuanzong
Wendi
Yang Guifei, tang dynasty
Color woodcut by Yashima Gakutei (Japan, c.1786-1868). Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Image by Gallery available under a Creative Commons License

15. The British embassies to China led by Lord Maccartney and Lord Amherst both foundered on which problem?
Exchanging gifts
Performing the kowtow
Sickness
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
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