How Much Do You Know About Chinese Literature? Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 

    What was the only written record of Confucius' teachings?

    • A.

      The Book of Songs

    • B.

      Analects

    • C.

      The Book of Change

    • D.

      The Book of Odes

    Correct Answer
    B. Analects
    Explanation
    The Analects is the correct answer because it is the only written record of Confucius' teachings. It is a collection of his sayings and conversations with his disciples, compiled by his followers after his death. The Analects is considered one of the most important texts in Confucianism and provides valuable insights into Confucius' philosophy and moral teachings. The other options, such as the Book of Songs, the Book of Change, and the Book of Odes, are not specifically associated with Confucius' teachings.

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  • 2. 

    How many of the 20 books were actually Confucius?

    • A.

      6 or 7

    • B.

      5 or 6

    • C.

      7 or 8

    • D.

      4 or 5

    Correct Answer
    A. 6 or 7
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 6 or 7 because the question is asking for the number of books that were actually written by Confucius out of the total 20 books. Therefore, it is possible that 6 or 7 books were written by Confucius.

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  • 3. 

    How many poems are in The Book of Songs?

    • A.

      350

    • B.

      315

    • C.

      305

    • D.

      325

    Correct Answer
    C. 305
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 305. The Book of Songs contains a total of 305 poems.

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  • 4. 

    Who was the founder of Taoism?

    • A.

      Laotzu

    • B.

      Chung-tzu

    • C.

      Lieh-tzu

    • D.

      Liu An

    Correct Answer
    A. Laotzu
    Explanation
    Laozi, also known as Laotzu, is considered the founder of Taoism. He was a Chinese philosopher who lived during the 6th century BCE. Laozi is believed to have written the Tao Te Ching, a fundamental text of Taoism that explores the concept of the Tao (the Way). His teachings emphasize living in harmony with nature, simplicity, and the pursuit of inner peace. Laozi's philosophy had a significant influence on Chinese culture and spirituality, making him a central figure in the development of Taoism.

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  • 5. 

    Who was the people's poet?

    • A.

      Han-shan

    • B.

      Po Chu-i

    • C.

      Tu Fu

    • D.

      Li Po

    Correct Answer
    D. Li Po
    Explanation
    Li Po is often referred to as the people's poet because his poetry resonated with the common people of China. His works were accessible and relatable, capturing the emotions and experiences of everyday life. Li Po's poems were known for their simplicity, beauty, and natural imagery, which made them widely popular among the masses. His ability to connect with the common people through his poetry earned him the title of the people's poet.

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  • 6. 

    Who was the poet's poet?

    • A.

      Han-shan

    • B.

      Po Chu-i

    • C.

      Tu Fu

    • D.

      Li Po

    Correct Answer
    C. Tu Fu
    Explanation
    Tu Fu is often referred to as the "poet's poet" because of his immense influence and admiration among other poets. He is considered one of the greatest poets in Chinese literature, known for his deep introspection, emotional depth, and mastery of various poetic forms. Tu Fu's works, characterized by their profound insights into human nature and societal issues, have inspired countless poets throughout history. His ability to capture the complexities of life and express them in beautiful and poignant verses has earned him the title of the poet's poet.

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  • 7. 

    Who was "The Old Philosopher?"

    • A.

      Liu An

    • B.

      Chuang-tzu

    • C.

      Laotzu

    • D.

      Lieh-tzu

    Correct Answer
    C. Laotzu
    Explanation
    Laotzu is known as "The Old Philosopher" because he was a Chinese philosopher and writer who is believed to have lived during the 6th century BCE. He is the founder of Taoism and author of the Tao Te Ching, a fundamental text in Taoist philosophy. Laotzu's teachings revolve around the concept of the Tao, which refers to the natural way of the universe and the path to harmony and enlightenment. He is highly regarded for his wisdom and profound understanding of human nature, making him a fitting candidate for the title "The Old Philosopher."

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  • 8. 

    What religion/philosophy was Confucius the founder of?

    • A.

      Taoism

    • B.

      Confucianism

    • C.

      Buddhism

    • D.

      Christianity

    Correct Answer
    B. Confucianism
    Explanation
    Confucius was the founder of Confucianism, a philosophy that emphasizes the importance of moral values, social harmony, and personal virtue. Confucianism focuses on the cultivation of ethical behavior, respect for elders, and the promotion of social order. It also emphasizes the importance of education and the role of the government in maintaining a just society. Confucianism had a significant influence on Chinese culture and society, and it continues to be practiced and followed by many people in East Asia.

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  • 9. 

    The Book of Songs was one of the ______ of Confucianism?

    • A.

      Four Classics

    • B.

      Three Classics

    • C.

      Six Classics

    • D.

      Five Classics

    Correct Answer
    D. Five Classics
    Explanation
    The Book of Songs was one of the Five Classics of Confucianism. The Five Classics are a collection of ancient Chinese texts that were considered essential for education and understanding the principles of Confucianism. These texts include the Book of Songs, the Book of Documents, the Book of Rites, the Book of Changes, and the Spring and Autumn Annals. Each of these texts covers different aspects of Chinese history, rituals, philosophy, and poetry, and together they form the foundation of Confucian teachings.

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