Traditions Quiz 1

Starter level quiz all about Chinese traditions
1. Which color was reserved for the roof tiles of Imperial buildings?
black
green
yellow
Qing dynasty, Beihai Park, Beijing, roof
Beijing park pavilion roof

2. Losing what is considered a disaster in China?
face
balance
weight
Gansu, desert, people
Walking on the Taklimakan desert sand dunes near Dunhuang, Gansu

3. Which was traditionally NOT added to tea as a flavoring?
chrysanthemum
onion
sugar
Fujian, tea plantation
Tea in flower at a plantation in Fujian Province

4. When is the next dragon astrological year?
2028
2024
2031
silk, dragon
Silk embroidery of Chinese dragon

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

6. Which plant is mentioned in the Buddhist mantra 'Om mani padme hum'?
chrysanthemum
orchid
lotus
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.

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

8. Firecrackers are usually which color in China?
yellow
black
red
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

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

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

11. The Erhu is the most common traditional stringed instrument, how many strings does it have?
2
5
8
Dunhuang, Gansu, music
Musicians in paradise, Yulin cave 25, Dunhuang, Tang Dynasty
Image available under a Creative Commons license

12. Where might you find a man riding a hen?
in a Mahjong set
at Qing Ming festival
on a roof

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

14. In the Dragon dance, the dragon(s) typically chase what?
tiger
chyrsanthemem
pearl
dance, dragon, Foshan, people
Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

15. What is Dimsum?
stuffed boiled dough
mixed vegetables
thick noodles
Guangdong, Shenzhen, food, shop
A store at Shenzhen Baoan Xixiang market, Guangdong. 2014 Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

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

17. The Yi Jing (I Ching) system of fortune telling has a system of how many hexagrams?
64
50
100
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

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

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

20. What is an 'eye' in mahjong?
high skill level
set of three
a pair of tiles
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
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