Chinese Culture And Chinatown

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Chinese Culture And Chinatown

The early Chinese immigrants brought with them their customs and other social and cultural habits. Take this quiz on Chinese culture and Chinatown, one of Singapore's oldest historical areas, in Singapore. You have 30 min to answer all questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The first wave of immigrants from China to come to Singapore were in
    • A. 

      1819

    • B. 

      1820

    • C. 

      1821

    • D. 

      1822

  • 2. 
     These early Chinese immigrants came mainly from
    • A. 

      Xiamen, the Fujian province of China

    • B. 

      The Guangdong province

    • C. 

      Swatow

    • D. 

      The north of China

  • 3. 
     Most of the restored shophouses that you see today on Amoy Street were built 
    • A. 

      Between 1820 and1850

    • B. 

      In the 1860s

    • C. 

      Between 1900 and1940

    • D. 

      In the 1950s

  • 4. 
    Most of the shophouses on Ang Siang Hll were constructed between
    • A. 

      1820 and 1850

    • B. 

      1870 and1900

    • C. 

      1903 and 1941

    • D. 

      1960 and 1970

  • 5. 
    A three-storey building at No 64, Club Street was home to a small Muslim community who were
    • A. 

      Bugis

    • B. 

      Arabs

    • C. 

      Boweanese or Boyanese

    • D. 

      Javanese

  • 6. 
    The Singapore Chinese Weekly Entertainment Club established in 1889 catered mainly to the
    • A. 

      Chinese businessmen from China

    • B. 

      Chinese from the Straits Settlements

    • C. 

      China-born millionaires

    • D. 

      Canonese-speaking businessmen

  • 7. 
    Kampong Susu can be found in
    • A. 

      Telok Ayer Street

    • B. 

      Upper Hokkien Street

    • C. 

      Upper Cross Street

    • D. 

      Club Street

  • 8. 
    The first shophouses to be built on Pagoda Street were in
    • A. 

      1821

    • B. 

      1843

    • C. 

      1867

    • D. 

      1893

  • 9. 
    In the early days of Chinatown, Temple Street was famous for the daily presence of the
    • A. 

      Milkmen

    • B. 

      Coolie trade

    • C. 

      Itinerant hawkers who carried their wares in baskets suspended from both ends of a long pole slung across their shoulders

    • D. 

      Cantonese Opera House known as Lai Chun Yuen

  • 10. 
    Temple Street was also the traditional home of the
    • A. 

      Hokkiens

    • B. 

      Cantonese

    • C. 

      Teochews

    • D. 

      Hakkas

  • 11. 
    Lai Chun Yuen, the Cantonese opera house and the centre of Chinese socio-cultural activity with its teahouses, restaurants and brothels, over a hundred years ago, is found on
    • A. 

      Temple Street

    • B. 

      Pagoda Street

    • C. 

      Mosque Street

    • D. 

      Smith Street

  • 12. 
    Sri Mariamman, the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, was built with the help of  
    • A. 

      Tan Tock Seng

    • B. 

      Tan Kim Seng

    • C. 

      Naraina Pillay

    • D. 

      B Govindasamy Chettiar

  • 13. 
    The temple between Pagoda Street and Temple Street is dedicated to the goddess Mariamman who is one of the manifestations of  
    • A. 

      Kali

    • B. 

      Saraswati

    • C. 

      Devi Parvathi, the consort of Shiva

    • D. 

      Lakshmi

  • 14. 
    The Jamae mosque was built in Chinatown in the 1820s by
    • A. 

      Tamils from the south of India

    • B. 

      Gujeratis from the north of India

    • C. 

      Chulia Muslims from the Coromandel coast

    • D. 

      Punjabis from the state of Punjab

  • 15. 
    The Hokkiens in the early days of Singapore were concentrated mainly in
    • A. 

      Telok Ayer and Amoy Streets

    • B. 

      North and South Canal Roads

    • C. 

      The Kreta Ayer area

    • D. 

      Chulia Street

  • 16. 
    In the early years of Singapore's founding, Chinese medicine shops were usually owned by
    • A. 

      The Hokkiens

    • B. 

      The Cantonese

    • C. 

      The Hainanese

    • D. 

      The Hakkas

  • 17. 
    The five foot way was the brainchild of
    • A. 

      Major William Farquhar

    • B. 

      Resident John Crawfurd

    • C. 

      Stamford Raffles

    • D. 

      Jackson

  • 18. 
    The central principle of Dao is associated with
    • A. 

      Confucius

    • B. 

      Lao Zi

    • C. 

      Buddha

    • D. 

      Maitreya Bodhisattva

  • 19. 
    Lao Zi's birthday falls on the 15th day of the
    • A. 

      1st Lunar month

    • B. 

      2nd Lunar month

    • C. 

      10th Lunar month

    • D. 

      12th Lunar month

  • 20. 
    The side of the Taoist symbol, Tai Ji, that represents femininity is
    • A. 

      The light side

    • B. 

      The dark side

    • C. 

      Both sides

    • D. 

      One circle

  • 21. 
    The lantern festival is usually associated with the celebration of the 
    • A. 

      Dragon Boat Festival

    • B. 

      Hungry Ghosts Festival

    • C. 

      Qing Ming Festial

    • D. 

      Chinese New Year

  • 22. 
    The Qing Ming Festival is a time to remember the dead and the dearly departed, and to honour and pay respects to one's ancestors and family members. How many days are family members allowed to perform this ritual before or after Qing Ming day?
    • A. 

      5 days

    • B. 

      10 days

    • C. 

      20 days

    • D. 

      One month

  • 23. 
    Vesak Day is the celebration of
    • A. 

      Confucius' birthday

    • B. 

      Lao Zi's death

    • C. 

      Buddha's birthday, enlightenment and nirvana.

    • D. 

      Guanyin's return to earth from Nirvana

  • 24. 
    The Future Buddha is
    • A. 

      Guanyin Bodhisattva

    • B. 

      Maitreya Bodhisattva

    • C. 

      Amitabha Buddha

    • D. 

      Siddharta Gautama

  • 25. 
    Mooncake is associated with the
    • A. 

      Birth of Buddha

    • B. 

      Making of 'nian kao' on Chinese New Year Day

    • C. 

      Mid-Autumn Festival

    • D. 

      Dragon Boat Festival

  • 26. 
    The story of the tragedy of Qu Yan is associated with the
    • A. 

      All Souls Day

    • B. 

      Vesak Day

    • C. 

      Hungry Ghosts Festival

    • D. 

      Dragon Boat Festival

  • 27. 
    Traditional Chinese architecture is strongly influenced by the concept of yin and yang, and
    • A. 

      The position of the moon

    • B. 

      Feng shui

    • C. 

      The materials used

    • D. 

      The emperor's decree

  • 28. 
    Thian Hock Keng temple started as a small joss house on the shoreline of Telok Ayer basin in
    • A. 

      1819

    • B. 

      1821

    • C. 

      1839

    • D. 

      1840

  • 29. 
    The temple history of Thian Hock Keng is recorded in granite tablets on the wall inside the
    • A. 

      Altar

    • B. 

      Entrance hall

    • C. 

      Main hall

    • D. 

      Rear hall

  • 30. 
     The main deity of Thian Hock temple is
    • A. 

      Ma Chu Poh, the Goddess of the Sea

    • B. 

      Confucius

    • C. 

      Guang Yin

    • D. 

      Lou Shou Fu

  • 31. 
    Some of the most notable features of the Thian Hock Keng temple is that it is built without nails, and it has a roofscape with a
    • A. 

      Northern Beijing style

    • B. 

      Minnan style

    • C. 

      Set of stone lions in male and female forms

    • D. 

      Touch of European style

  • 32. 
    The dragons on the roof of the Thian Hock Keng's entrance hall symbolise
    • A. 

      Peace and universal love

    • B. 

      Social harmony

    • C. 

      Good fortune

    • D. 

      Strength, justice and authority

  • 33. 
    • A. 

      Wai Hai Chieng Bio Temple

    • B. 

      Shuang Lin Temple

    • C. 

      Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

    • D. 

      Thian Hock Keng Temple

  • 34. 
    The Wak Hai Cheng Bio Temple is attended mainly by the
    • A. 

      Hakkas

    • B. 

      Cantonese

    • C. 

      Hokkiens

    • D. 

      Teochews

  • 35. 
    The Shuang Lin Temple is modelled after a famous temple in   
    • A. 

      Fuzhou

    • B. 

      Amoy

    • C. 

      Burma

    • D. 

      India

  • 36. 
    A piece of bark taken from India's sacred Bodhi tree is displayed at the
    • A. 

      Shuang Lin Temple

    • B. 

      Thian Hock Keng Temple

    • C. 

      Wai Hai Cheng Bio Temple

    • D. 

      Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya Temple

  • 37. 
    The phoenix symbolises
    • A. 

      Mystical powers

    • B. 

      Success

    • C. 

      Good omen

    • D. 

      Fidelity and sincerity

  • 38. 
    Th Qi-lin symbolises
    • A. 

      Endurance and prudence

    • B. 

      Good health and kindness

    • C. 

      Luck and longevity

    • D. 

      Happiness and benevolence

  • 39. 
    No Chinese wedding is officially recognised until the
    • A. 

      Dowry is given to the family of the bride

    • B. 

      Red packets are given to the bride's family

    • C. 

      Couple perform the tea ceremony

    • D. 

      The exchange of gifts take place a few days before the actual wedding day

  • 40. 
    Chingay was introduced to Singapore on Chinese New Year's Day because
    • A. 

      STB wanted to attract tourists

    • B. 

      A street show would thrill the crowds

    • C. 

      Firecrackers were banned in 1972

    • D. 

      It wanted to celebrate Singapore's independence day

  • 41. 
    The Singapore Dragon Boat Festival is usually held in the month of
    • A. 

      February

    • B. 

      April

    • C. 

      June

    • D. 

      December

  • 42. 
    The sacred Buddha Tooth Relic is composed of gold and weighs
    • A. 

      100 kg

    • B. 

      230 kg

    • C. 

      300 kg

    • D. 

      420 kg

  • 43. 
    The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is dedicated to
    • A. 

      Gautama Buddha

    • B. 

      Guanyin

    • C. 

      Maitreya Buddha

    • D. 

      Ma Chu Po

  • 44. 
    The Chinatown Heritage Centre is located along
    • A. 

      Smith Street

    • B. 

      Mosque Street

    • C. 

      Temple Street

    • D. 

      Pagoda Street

  • 45. 
    The Hokkiens in the early days of Singapore were
    • A. 

      Blacksmiths and shoemakers

    • B. 

      Artisans, tailors and teahouse owners

    • C. 

      Vegetable and fruit wholesalers

    • D. 

      Shopkeepers and traders