Traditions Quiz 2

Intermediate level quiz all about Chinese traditions.
1. The Qilin is broadly similar to which western mythical creature?
unicorn
chimaera
cockatrice
griffin

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

3. The Isles of the Blessed were thought to lie in which direction from China?
south
east
south-west
west
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. The English name 'tea' has what origin?
Fujian word
Portuguese word
Malay word
Guangzhou word
tea, people
Demonstrating the elaborate tea ceremony at the Du Fu Thatched Cottage Museum, Chengdu, Sichuan

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

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

7. Which is NOT included in pairs of animal statues along the sacred road to the Ming Tombs?
dragon
lion
horse
elephant
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

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

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

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

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

12. How many white pieces are there in a standard game of weiqi (go)?
200
180
77
100

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

14. Bamboo is used for many things, which of these is it NOT been used for?
making paper
making rope
making hats
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

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

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

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

18. In Feng Shui the fire element is associated with which taste?
pungent
sweet
umami
bitter

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

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