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Peking Opera, which is also referred to as Beijing Opera, is the most dominant form of Chinese opera, which combines different activities into one splendid performance. It was very popular and recognized in the Qing court and has today become a very treasured culture as it's regarded as one of the cultural treasures of China. This very short quiz is to test and ascertain your knowledge regarding this beautiful Chinese cultural practice.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The Peking Opera doesn't consist of which of the following?

    • A.

      Mime

    • B.

      Vocal performance 

    • C.

      Acrobatics 

    • D.

      Dance competition 

    Correct Answer
    D. Dance competition 
    Explanation
    The Peking Opera is a traditional Chinese form of theater that combines elements of singing, acting, and acrobatics. It is known for its elaborate costumes, stylized movements, and use of facial expressions to convey emotions. While dance is an integral part of the Peking Opera, it is not considered a competition but rather a form of artistic expression within the performance. Therefore, the correct answer is "Dance competition."

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  • 2. 

    It arose during which dynasty? 

    • A.

      Qing dynasty 

    • B.

      Ming dynasty 

    • C.

      Shun dynasty

    • D.

      Qing-Ming dynasty 

    Correct Answer
    A. Qing dynasty 
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Qing dynasty. The question is asking about the dynasty during which the mentioned event or phenomenon arose. Out of the options provided, the Qing dynasty is the only one that matches this criteria. The Ming dynasty and Shun dynasty are not relevant to the question, and there is no such dynasty as Qing-Ming dynasty. Therefore, the Qing dynasty is the most plausible answer.

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  • 3. 

    It became fully developed and recognized when? 

    • A.

      18th century 

    • B.

      19th century 

    • C.

      20th century 

    • D.

      17th century 

    Correct Answer
    B. 19th century 
  • 4. 

    Other names include all the following except?

    • A.

      Jing opera 

    • B.

      Jingju 

    • C.

      Guoju

    • D.

      Pekingnese opera

    Correct Answer
    D. Pekingnese opera
    Explanation
    Pekingnese opera is not another name for the traditional Chinese opera. The correct names for the traditional Chinese opera are Jing opera, Jingju, and Guoju. Pekingnese opera is not a commonly used term to refer to this type of opera.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following isn't an instrument of Peking Opera?

    • A.

      Jingxu

    • B.

      Jinghu

    • C.

      Yueqin

    • D.

      Paiban

    Correct Answer
    A. Jingxu
    Explanation
    Jingxu is not an instrument of Peking Opera. Jingxu refers to the role of a jing (painted face) character in Peking Opera, which is a type of Chinese opera. Jinghu is a two-stringed bowed instrument, Yueqin is a plucked string instrument, and Paiban is a type of clapper used for rhythm in Peking Opera.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following describes Bo, Suona and Huqin?

    • A.

      Stylistic origins 

    • B.

      Other names 

    • C.

      Etymology 

    • D.

      Instruments 

    Correct Answer
    D. Instruments 
    Explanation
    The given answer "Instruments" accurately describes Bo, Suona, and Huqin. Bo, Suona, and Huqin are all musical instruments. Bo is a Chinese stringed instrument, Suona is a Chinese double-reed wind instrument, and Huqin is a family of Chinese bowed string instruments. Therefore, the answer "Instruments" is the most appropriate description for these three.

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  • 7. 

    What's the literal meaning of Peking Opera? 

    • A.

      Capital drama

    • B.

      Capital performance 

    • C.

      Ultimate dance 

    • D.

      Capital theatre 

    Correct Answer
    A. Capital drama
    Explanation
    The literal meaning of Peking Opera is "Capital drama". This term refers to a traditional form of Chinese opera that originated in Beijing (formerly known as Peking). The term "capital" signifies the importance and significance of this opera style in the cultural and artistic scene of the capital city. It combines elements of singing, dancing, acting, and acrobatics to create a unique and expressive form of theatrical performance.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following is a former name used for Peking Opera? 

    • A.

      National drama

    • B.

      Capital play 

    • C.

      Beiping's drama

    • D.

      Ultimate dance 

    Correct Answer
    C. Beiping's drama
    Explanation
    Beiping was the former name of Beijing, the capital city of China. Therefore, Beiping's drama refers to the drama that was performed in Beijing. Peking Opera is a traditional form of Chinese opera that originated in Beijing, so Beiping's drama is a former name used for Peking Opera.

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  • 9. 

    Peking opera has how many main role types? 

    • A.

      4

    • B.

      5

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      2

    Correct Answer
    A. 4
    Explanation
    Peking opera has four main role types. These roles are known as Sheng, Dan, Jing, and Chou. Sheng represents male characters, Dan represents female characters, Jing represents painted-face characters, and Chou represents clown characters. Each role type has its own distinct characteristics, costumes, and makeup styles, contributing to the rich and diverse performances of Peking opera.

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  • 10. 

    "Sheng" refers to which of the following? 

    • A.

      Women

    • B.

      Rough men 

    • C.

      Clowns

    • D.

      Gentlemen 

    Correct Answer
    D. Gentlemen 
    Explanation
    "Sheng" refers to gentlemen. In Chinese opera, "Sheng" is a male role that represents noble, virtuous, and educated characters. These characters are typically portrayed as gentlemen who display refined manners and conduct themselves with dignity. They often play the role of scholars, officials, or other respected figures in the stories. This term is used to distinguish the male characters from female characters ("Dan") and other types of male roles like "Jing" (painted face) or "Chou" (clown).

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