Traditions Quiz 1

Starter level quiz all about Chinese traditions
1. Which plant is mentioned in the Buddhist mantra 'Om mani padme hum'?
lotus
peony
chrysanthemum
Buddhism , Mount Emei, Sichuan, elephant
Golden palace at the top of Mount Emei, Sichaun with the world's highest status of Pǔxián Púsà 賢菩薩.

2. How many types of dragon are there in mahjong?
4
3
2
teahouse, people, mahjong
Drinking tea and playing Mahjong in a park Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

3. The Erhu is the most common traditional stringed instrument, how many strings does it have?
2
4
7
Dunhuang, Gansu, music
Musicians in paradise, Yulin cave 25, Dunhuang, Tang Dynasty
Image available under a Creative Commons license

4. When is the next dragon astrological year?
2050
2022
2024
silk, dragon
Silk embroidery of Chinese dragon

5. Confucius and Lao Zi are both said to have lived how long ago?
2,500 years
1,000 years
500 years
Confucius, Beijing
Statue of Confucius at the Imperial Academy (Guozijian) Beijing

6. What is Dimsum?
snake meat
steamed rice
stuffed boiled dough
Guangdong, Shenzhen, food, shop
A store at Shenzhen Baoan Xixiang market, Guangdong. 2014 Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

7. Which was traditionally NOT added to tea as a flavoring?
sugar
jasmine
orange peel
Fujian, tea plantation
Tea in flower at a plantation in Fujian Province

8. Which color was reserved for the roof tiles of Imperial buildings?
brown
yellow
black
Qing dynasty, Beihai Park, Beijing, roof
Beijing park pavilion roof

9. Which would you NOT expect to find in a Chinese garden?
lawn
pavilion
rocks
chinoiserie, chinese bridge, garden
Chinese bridge. Apremont Gardens, France. Image by Parc floral available under a Creative Commons License

10. Losing what is considered a disaster in China?
face
memory
money
Gansu, desert, people
Walking on the Taklimakan desert sand dunes near Dunhuang, Gansu

11. The chrysanthemum represents which season?
spring
autumn
none
Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum design motif (Plate 92) available under a Creative Commons License

12. In the Dragon dance, the dragon(s) typically chase what?
tiger
chyrsanthemem
pearl
dance, dragon, Foshan, people
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13. The Yi Jing (I Ching) system of fortune telling has a system of how many hexagrams?
64
32
50
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

14. An ink stone is used for what?
resting brushes
create solid marks
grinding ink
imperial inscription, vermillion,  calligraphy, Emperor Qianlong
Part of a memorandum from a high official with a vermillion ink note added by Emperor Qianlong.

15. The Chinese pipa is a type of what?
flute
violin
lute
music, guzheng
Guzheng is a traditional Chinese musical instrument belonging to the zither family of string instruments

16. What is an 'eye' in mahjong?
blue dragon
a pair of tiles
high skill level
mahjong, game
Playing mahjong at Seattle's Chinatown-International District Night Market, Hing Hay Park, International District, Seattle, Washington. Image by Joe Mabel available under a Creative Commons License

17. Dowager Empress Cixi was very fond of which dog breed?
Pekingese
Boxer
Pug
dog, han dynasty, pottery
A pottery dog from the Chinese Han Dynasty. Image by Gary Lee Todd available under a Creative Commons License

18. Where might you find a man riding a hen?
on a roof
in a Chinese chess set
in a Mahjong set

19. Firecrackers are usually which color in China?
red
green
blue
lantern festival, festival, fujian
Lantern Festival, Daoist parade of gods (Ngi?ng-s?ng) in Luoyuan, Fuzhou. Image by LuHungnguong available under a Creative Commons License

20. Which astrological animal heads the sequence of twelve?
rat
ox
dragon
Hong Kong, zodiac, sculpture
The Garden of the Chinese Zodiac features twelve carved animals in the gardens of Kowloon Walled City Park, Hong Kong
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