Traditions Quiz 2

Intermediate level quiz all about Chinese traditions.
1. Which of these is not considered a strongly nourishing food in China?
Tea
Bird's nest
Duck
beef steak
food
Cuisine of China: Snake meat. Photo by Poco a poco available under a Creative Commons license .

2. The Isles of the Blessed were thought to lie in which direction from China?
east
west
south-west
north
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

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

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

5. The Qilin is broadly similar to which western mythical creature?
chimaera
centaur
phoenix
unicorn

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

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

8. Under what kind of tree did the Buddha achieve enlightenment?
ginkgo
paulownia
cypress
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?
death
long life
wealth
peace
swastika
The two forms of swastika combined to give a lattice window design motif.

10. Which is NOT included in pairs of animal statues along the sacred road to the Ming Tombs?
kylin
lion
camel
dragon
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

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

12. Bamboo is used for many things, which of these is it NOT been used for?
making bowls
making scaffolding
making rope
eating
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

13. How many white pieces are there in a standard game of weiqi (go)?
100
200
180
50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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