Dynasties In Chinese History! Trivia Facts Quiz

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When you look at the history of china and check to see its growths and rises, you will see that the Chinese dynasties have played a major role. The first known dynasty was the Xia dynasty, which is remembered for controlling the flooding from the yellow river and helping with a new way of life for the people in farming. Take this quiz and get to see what you might learn about this dynasty and the ones that came after it.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    In what century B.C.E. did Shi Huangdi emerge?
    • A. 

      9th Century B.C.E.

    • B. 

      3rd Century B.C.E.

    • C. 

      7th Century B.C.E.

    • D. 

      4th Century B.C.E.

  • 2. 
    The era of the Warring States followed which of the following dynasties?
    • A. 

      Sung

    • B. 

      Qin

    • C. 

      Han

    • D. 

      Zhou

  • 3. 
    The author of the Analects was
    • A. 

      Confucius

    • B. 

      Sunzi

    • C. 

      Mencius

    • D. 

      Xunzi

  • 4. 
    Confucius identified the superior men who should advise the rulers concerning government with
    • A. 

      Shi

    • B. 

      Feudal vassals of the emperor

    • C. 

      The merchant class

    • D. 

      Regional aristocrats

  • 5. 
    Which of the following was not a teaching of Confucius?
    • A. 

      Social harmony depended on each person accepting his social position and performing his social task

    • B. 

      The interests and welfare of the common people were less significant than the maintenance of the emperor's authority

    • C. 

      Order and harmony were the result of good government

    • D. 

      Superior men were created by education, not birth

  • 6. 
    Which of the following was a disciple of Confucius?
    • A. 

      Shang Yang

    • B. 

      Xunzi

    • C. 

      Sunzi

    • D. 

      Laozi

  • 7. 
    Which of the following represents the fundamental belief of Mencius, one of Confucius's disciples?
    • A. 

      Government should be rigorous and based on strict laws harshly executed

    • B. 

      Humans were by nature inclined to goodness and ought to be ruled so that their goodness could develop

    • C. 

      Humans should retreat from society and seek oneness with nature

    • D. 

      Humans were by nature lazy and evil and ought to be ruled by an authoritarian government

  • 8. 
    Which philosopher said, "I take no action and the people are reformed. I do nothing and people become rich. I have no desires and people return to the good and simple life."
    • A. 

      Mencius

    • B. 

      Laozi

    • C. 

      Confucius

    • D. 

      Xunzi

  • 9. 
    Daoism was developed by the philosopher.
    • A. 

      Mencius

    • B. 

      Confucius

    • C. 

      Xunzi

    • D. 

      Laozi

  • 10. 
    The dynasty that followed the Zhou was the
    • A. 

      Shang

    • B. 

      Sung

    • C. 

      Han

    • D. 

      Qin

  • 11. 
    The founder of the Legalist school of political philosophy was
    • A. 

      Sunzi

    • B. 

      Wang Mang

    • C. 

      Laozi

    • D. 

      Shang Yang

  • 12. 
    The emperor responsible for the reunification of China after the collapse of the Zhou was
    • A. 

      Han Wudi

    • B. 

      Han Feizi

    • C. 

      Shi Huangdi

    • D. 

      Shang Yang

  • 13. 
    With which school of political philosophy was Shi Huangdi and his government associated?
    • A. 

      Mencius's

    • B. 

      Daoism

    • C. 

      Confucian

    • D. 

      Legalists

  • 14. 
    Which of the following represents the political philosophy of Sunzi?
    • A. 

      Government should be exercised by superior men found among the educated elite

    • B. 

      Government is inconsequential to finding satisfaction in the unity of nature

    • C. 

      Warfare is merely an extension of statecraft and required scientific preparation and execution

    • D. 

      Government should be based on the authoritarian enforcement of rigorous laws

  • 15. 
    Liu Bang was the founder of what dynasty?
    • A. 

      Sung

    • B. 

      Han

    • C. 

      Qin

    • D. 

      Shang

  • 16. 
    What were the attitude of Han Wudi and subsequent emperors toward the regional aristocracy and the shi?
    • A. 

      They restored the strength of the regional states in the hands of feudal lords to diminish the growing power of the shi

    • B. 

      The dynastic feudal lords were destroyed but replaced by members of the Han family in order to prevent the growing authority of the shi

    • C. 

      Both regional feudal lords and shi were replaced in the Han administration by salaried military commanders from the army

    • D. 

      They attempted to undercut the authority of the regional aristocracy and place power in the hands of appointed shi governors.

  • 17. 
    Which of the following was not one of the areas added to China as a result of expansion during the Han dynasty?
    • A. 

      Temporarily the territory of the Hsiung-nu

    • B. 

      Korea

    • C. 

      Japan

    • D. 

      Vietnam

  • 18. 
    Which of the following was the dominant political philosophy during the Han dynasty?
    • A. 

      Legalists

    • B. 

      Confucian

    • C. 

      Shang Yang's

    • D. 

      Daoism

  • 19. 
    Which of the following social groups had the lowest social status according to the political philosophy of the Han dynasty?
    • A. 

      Imperial family

    • B. 

      Peasants

    • C. 

      Merchants

    • D. 

      Shi

  • 20. 
    During the Han dynasty, the shi evolved as a result of intermarriage with
    • A. 

      The imperial family

    • B. 

      The merchant class

    • C. 

      The regional landholders

    • D. 

      The peasantry

  • 21. 
    During the Han dynasty, the "forbidden city" referred to
    • A. 

      The precinct of palaces reserved for the imperial family in the Han capital

    • B. 

      The administrative precinct of the scholar-gentry in the Han capital

    • C. 

      The burial site of Confucius

    • D. 

      The religious precinct associated with Daoism in the Han capital

  • 22. 
    Which of the following statements most accurately describes the nature of Chinese philosophy during the classical period?
    • A. 

      Chinese scientific explorations were all devoted to earth sciences, as they ignored astronomy and cosmology

    • B. 

      The Chinese were almost exclusively interested in alchemy and magic

    • C. 

      Chinese science was more involved with practical applications than general theories

    • D. 

      Chinese science was based on the development of speculative general theories that represented what they perceived as natural law

  • 23. 
    Which of the following groups was not involved in the political struggle during the later Han dynasty?
    • A. 

      The merchants

    • B. 

      The scholar-gentry

    • C. 

      The court eunuchs

    • D. 

      The families of imperial wives

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