Traditions Quiz 2

Intermediate level quiz all about Chinese traditions.
1. Which is NOT included in pairs of animal statues along the sacred road to the Ming Tombs?
kylin
dragon
camel
lion
Ming tombs, statue, sacred way
Statue on the way of souls towards the Ming tombs near Beijing. This is one of a pair of facing statues representing an official waiting to deliver his reports to the emperor. The reports would be in the form of vertical ideogramic script brushed onto a number of wood or ivory tablets. Available under a Creative Commons License

2. The English name 'tea' has what origin?
Portuguese word
Fujian word
Guangzhou word
Japanese word
tea, people
Demonstrating the elaborate tea ceremony at the Du Fu Thatched Cottage Museum, Chengdu, Sichuan

3. The Isles of the Blessed were thought to lie in which direction from China?
north
south-west
east
south
immortality
Painting and calligraphy from a large format Chinese album illustrating stories of Taoist immortals -people who sought or achieved immortality. One of 15 paintings. The text concerns a Taoist adept, Wang Qiao, a Han period official. Image by British Library available under a Creative Commons License

4. What grows in the garden of the Queen Mother of the West that bestows immortality?
jujubes
peaches
persimmons
lychees
garden, Jiangsu
Chinese garden in autumn, Yangzhou, Jiangsu

5. General Hanxin used kites in his military campaigns to do what?
spread fire
drop propaganda
signaling
measure distance
kite, dragon
A Chinese long dragon kite. Image by available under a Creative Commons license

6. Bamboo is used for many things, which of these is it NOT been used for?
making paper
making hats
making scaffolding
making bowls
bamboo
“Bamboo under Spring Rain” by Xia Chang, 1388-1470. Philadelphia Museum of Art
Image for Google Art Project available under a Creative Commons license

7. The Qilin is broadly similar to which western mythical creature?
chimaera
phoenix
unicorn
cockatrice

8. Under what kind of tree did the Buddha achieve enlightenment?
cypress
paulownia
ginkgo
pipal
Sui dynasty, Longmen Grottoes, Henan, deity, Buddhism
The Longmen grottoes, Henan feature many Buddhist carvings

9. The swastika symbol in China symbolizes a wish for what?
long life
peace
death
success
swastika
The two forms of swastika combined to give a lattice window design motif.

10. Mao's wife Jiang Qing was responsible for major reforms in which area?
factories
opera
agriculture
silk production
Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing and Mao Zedong. Source : Netor.com . Available under a Creative Commons license .

11. How many white pieces are there in a standard game of weiqi (go)?
180
16
100
77

12. Which of these is not considered a strongly nourishing food in China?
Tea
Chicken soup
Black dates
beef steak
food
Cuisine of China: Snake meat. Photo by Poco a poco available under a Creative Commons license .

13. Which of these is an inappropriate gift because of traditional symbolism?
roses
wine
chocolates
pears
Spring Festival, Shenzhen, market, people, lantern
Buying supplies for the Chinese New Year Festival, Shenzhen Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

14. Lion stone statues are often placed at temples entrances, by tradition what does the one on the right hold in its paw?
scroll
halberd
ball
dove
Shanghai, lion, bronze
Chinese lion door knocker in Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

15. The stars in the Chinese sky are organized as what?
provinces
mountain ranges
Imperial court
chess game
mansions, xiu
The twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese astronomy. May 2008. Image by Mysid available under a Creative Commons License

16. Mongolian food has many dishes that use which meat?
chicken
goat
beef
lamb
Inner Mongolia, landscape, horse, rider
A horseman riding over the grasslands of Inner Mongolia

17. The 'Preface to poems composed at the Orchid Pavilion' is a attributed to which writer?
Wang Anshi
Du Fu
Wang Xizhi
Bai Juyi
calligraphy, children
Child practising calligraphy

18. Singles day in China is on which day each year?
April 11th
November 11th
August 17th
January 1st
restaurant, food, people, Sichuan
A traditional Sichuan chafing dish lunch at Jiezi, Sichuan Copyright © Dreamstime see image license

19. Shaoxing is famous for producing what?
soy sauce
black tea
rice wine
noodles
Zhejiang, mountains, view
Zhejiang scenery near Hangzhou including a tea plantation

20. In Feng Shui the fire element is associated with which taste?
bitter
sour
pungent
salty
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