What Do You Know About Chinese Literature? Trivia Quiz

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Chinese is very dense but at the same interesting subject to talk about, because it's not only rich but also diverse and spans for many centuries before our era. It covers early records of dynastic court archives as well as the vernacular fiction novels that came to be during the Ming Dynasty (and many more after that). So, how much do you know about Chinese literature? Take our quiz and find out now.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is shijing?

    • A.

      It's cult and lay musical practices

    • B.

      It's a book of Chinese poetry

    • C.

      It's a book of Chinese proverbs

    • D.

      It's a book of Chinese antique songs

    Correct Answer
    A. It's cult and lay musical practices
    Explanation
    Shijing refers to a collection of ancient Chinese poetry known as the Book of Songs. It is one of the oldest existing collections of Chinese poetry and contains a variety of songs and poems that were sung and recited during both religious and secular ceremonies. The term "cult and lay musical practices" accurately describes the nature of the content found in the Shijing, as it encompasses both religious and everyday musical traditions.

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  • 2. 

    What is Yi Jing?

    • A.

      It's culture

    • B.

      It's science

    • C.

      It's divination

    • D.

      It's wisdom

    Correct Answer
    C. It's divination
    Explanation
    Yi Jing is a form of divination. It is a Chinese classic text that is often used for fortune-telling and seeking guidance. It is believed to provide insights and predictions about the future based on the interpretation of various symbols and hexagrams. Yi Jing is considered a powerful tool for divination and has been used for centuries in Chinese culture.

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  • 3. 

    Who tries to trace the genealogy of Chinese literature to religious spells?

    • A.

      Liu Shipei

    • B.

      Liu Shay Shay

    • C.

      Liu Ming

    • D.

      Liu Miang

    Correct Answer
    A. Liu Shipei
    Explanation
    Liu Shipei is the correct answer because he is known for his work in tracing the genealogy of Chinese literature to religious spells. He was a Chinese scholar and historian who believed that the roots of Chinese literature could be found in ancient religious texts and rituals. He argued that understanding the religious origins of Chinese literature was essential for a comprehensive understanding of its development and significance.

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  • 4. 

    Who commented and edited the 4 books?

    • A.

      Mao

    • B.

      Buddha

    • C.

      Confucius

    • D.

      Ming

    Correct Answer
    C. Confucius
    Explanation
    Confucius is the correct answer because he is known for his significant contributions to Chinese philosophy and education. He is believed to have written or edited many books, including the Four Books, which are considered fundamental texts in Confucianism. Confucius' teachings and ideas have had a profound impact on Chinese culture and society, making him a highly influential figure in Chinese history.

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  • 5. 

    What make up the 5 Classics?

    • A.

      The Ching, the Classics, the Book of Right, the Book of Documents, the Spring and Autumn Annals

    • B.

      The Ming, the Classic of poetry, the Book of Rites, the Book of Documents, the Winter and Autumn Annals

    • C.

      The IChing, the Classic of poetry, the Book of Rites, the Book of Documents, the Spring and Autumn Annals

    • D.

      The IChing, the Classic of poetry, the Book of Rites, the Book of Facts, the Spring and Summer Annals

    Correct Answer
    C. The IChing, the Classic of poetry, the Book of Rites, the Book of Documents, the Spring and Autumn Annals
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the IChing, the Classic of poetry, the Book of Rites, the Book of Documents, the Spring and Autumn Annals. These five books are known as the 5 Classics in Chinese literature and are considered to be foundational texts in Confucianism. They cover a wide range of topics including philosophy, history, poetry, and rituals, and have had a significant influence on Chinese culture and thought for thousands of years.

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  • 6. 

    What's the other name for the I Ching?

    • A.

      The Classics

    • B.

      The changes

    • C.

      The Classic of changes

    • D.

      The Classical changes

    Correct Answer
    C. The Classic of changes
    Explanation
    The I Ching is also known as "The Classic of changes" because it is an ancient Chinese divination text that provides guidance and insight into the changes and transformations that occur in life. It is considered a classic in Chinese literature and philosophy, and it has been used for centuries as a tool for understanding the patterns and cycles of the universe.

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  • 7. 

    What is the classic of poetry?

    • A.

      It's the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry

    • B.

      It's the oldest Chinese poetry

    • C.

      It's the oldest existing collection of Chinese songs

    • D.

      It's the oldest existing collection of Chinese books

    Correct Answer
    A. It's the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry
    Explanation
    The classic of poetry refers to the oldest existing collection of Chinese poetry. It is not just the oldest Chinese poetry, but specifically a collection of poems. It is also not a collection of songs or books, but solely a collection of poetry.

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  • 8. 

    What's the other name for the book of rites?

    • A.

      The Kunji

    • B.

      The Liji

    • C.

      The Miji

    • D.

      The Dinji

    Correct Answer
    B. The Liji
    Explanation
    The other name for the book of rites is The Liji.

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  • 9. 

    What's the other name for the book of documents?

    • A.

      Shantzu

    • B.

      Shangu

    • C.

      Zangsu

    • D.

      Shangsu

    Correct Answer
    D. Shangsu
    Explanation
    The other name for the book of documents is Shangsu.

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  • 10. 

    When was the Spring and Autumn annals written?

    • A.

      From 722 to 479 BC

    • B.

      From 700 to 710 BC

    • C.

      From 722 to 721 BC

    • D.

      From 722 to 300 BC

    Correct Answer
    A. From 722 to 479 BC
    Explanation
    The Spring and Autumn annals were written from 722 to 479 BC. This time period aligns with the historical context of the Spring and Autumn period in ancient China, which lasted from the 8th to the 5th century BC. The annals are a historical record of events and political changes during this period, making the given answer the most logical choice.

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