October Quiz

A monthly quiz of general history, traditions, geography questions for October
1. Blue and white porcelain is mostly associated with which dynasty?
Ming
Song
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

2. Between the whole period 1990 to 2007 what was China's average annual economic growth rate?
20%
15%
25%
Chongqing, skyscraper
New, modern office buildings in Chongqing, 2014

3. Which province is the hottest in July?
Guangdong
Fujian
Yunnan
Guangxi, Nanning, skyscraper, river
Sunset over Nanning provincial capital of Guangxi

4. Which city was known as Britain's front door into China?
Hong Kong
Fuzhou
Shanghai
Shanghai, bridge, road, cityscape

5. The British embassies to China led by Lord Maccartney and Lord Amherst both foundered on which problem?
Travel arrangements
Sickness
Performing the kowtow
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

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

7. The downfall of the Sui dynasty is mainly attributed to the failed military campaign to conquer which country?
Japan
Burma
Korea
Ming dynasty, architecture, Chuandixia
Ming dynasty village at Chuandixia near Beijing

8. When did China launch its first satellite?
1970
1990
2000
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

9. Wuhan was formed out of Wuchang, Hankou and which other city in 1926?
Yueyang
Hanyang
Yichang
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

10. Maotoi is a famous Chinese liquor, where in China is it made?
Guizhou
Kunming
Xi'an
calligraphy, painting, brush
Calligraphy brushes

11. 'Sinkiang' is an old spelling of which Chinese place?
Xinjiang
Shaoxing
Suzhou
Fujian
View from kings peak in Wuyishan mountains , north west Fujian, China.
Image by Ariel Steiner available under a Creative Commons license

12. What proportion of those who set out on the Long March reached the destination?
38%
12%
32%
Long march;rally
A Communist cadre leader addressing survivors of the Long March. Image available under a Creative Commons License

13. Yang Guifei was a concubine who became infatuated by which Emperor?
Yongle
Xuanzong
Qianlong
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

14. Where in China did Britain invade in 1903?
Tibet
Shandong
Tianjin
Ming dynasty, Summer Palace, bridge, Beijing
Summer Palace bridge with 17 arches, Beijing

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