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  • CFTU
    6 February, 2014 at 2:23
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    Okay all you resident genius expat foreign teachers of China… Step right up and show us what you got! Even though these questions are simple, only 69% of China foreign teachers have passed this test (80% or better). So far the highest score (92%) comes from Mark B. in Beijing. whoever gets the highest score by June 1st will win 3 months of free Chinese lessons (our compliments). If you can just pass you will get three free Chinese lessons (a $200 value). So are you ready…

    100 Questions – 30 Minutes – No Cheating! GOOD LUCK!

    Part I

    1. Using only the above map and your memory, name and identify the provinces.

    2. Can you name at least 15 capital cities of the provinces?

    3. Without actually counting on the map, how many provinces are there?

    4. How many dynasties did China have?

    5. Who was the last Emperor?

    6. Name 5 former Capital cities of China besides Peking.

    7. What are the three most common family names in China.

    8. Name five great items that were invented in China.

    9. Where was Confucius born and rasied?

    10. In what province will we find the City of Hangzhou

    11. In what year did Chairman Mao die?

    12. What is "Fodan"?

    13. What is the fastest growing city in China today?

    14. Where is Beijing’s second international airport being built?

    15. China, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Korea. Which country pays teachers best and worst?

    16. How long is the Great Wall of China?

    17. How fast can China’s bullet trains travel?

    18. Which is the largest city in China?

    19. Which is the oldest city in China?

    20. What is "Dofou"?

    Part II – True Or False…

    21. Google offers free legal download of music in China, in partnership with the largest record labels in the world (since 2009).

    22. All pandas in the world are on loan from China, and when a baby Panda is born, by agreement, it is sent back to China to help expand the gene pool. The baby pandas are shipped back by FedEx.

    23. There is a “cult” offshoot of Christianity in China that believes Jesus is currently living in China as a Chinese woman.

    24. China is said to suffer from the worst brain drain in the world. 7 out of 10 students who enroll overseas never move back to live in China.

    25. Pencils are yellow because, in the 1890′s, the world’s best pencil graphite came from China. In China, the color yellow is associated with royalty, so American pencil manufacturers started painting their pencils yellow to indicate they contained high-quality Chinese graphite.

    26. There is a counterfeit egg industry in China, and one person can make approximately 1500 of them per day.

    27. Tickling was a form of torture used in ancient China on nobility because it left no mark and recovery was quick.

    28. When McDonald’s first introduced drive-throughs to China, the concept was so foreign that many people would pick up their food through the drive-thru, park their cars, and bring the food inside the restaurant to eat it.

    29. Despite spanning five time zones, all of China runs on Beijing time. Sunrise in the city of Kashgar/Zhongquo (in Western China) officially occurs as late as 10:17 AM.

    30. During WWII, Japan bombed China with fleas infected with bubonic plague.

    31. There used to be fake Apple stores in China. Even the staff were convinced that they were working for Apple

    32. Rich people in China hire body doubles to serve their prison sentence

    33. Brad Pitt was banned from ever entering China because of his role in Seven Years in Tibet.

    34. A man in China has kept himself alive with a homemade dialysis machine for 13 years.

    35. In ancient China, they used Mannequins to lure the enemies to shoot arrows, which they later pulled down to get free supply of arrows.

    36. In 2006, China slaughtered 50,000 dogs after three people died of rabies. Dogs being walked were seized from their owners and beaten to death on the spot. Owners were offered 63 cents per animal to kill their own dogs before the beating teams were sent in.

    37. In 1946, during a land survey of Sichuan province in China, a forester encountered a tree he had never seen before, so he took a sample. He came to find it was as yet unknown to science and only existing as a fossil. It came to be known as the ‘Dawn Redwood’.

    38. A forbidden love in China between a young man and older widowed woman forced the couple to live in a mountain cave. Over the course of 50 years, the man carved a 6,000 stairs into the mountainside so that his wife could easily descend from the cave.

    39. Elgoog.com (Google backwards) has a huge following in China because because elgooG search terms are printed in reverse, so users are able to perform Google searches without detection by the Chinese government’s search filters.

    40. 2 ancient cities in China were drowned in 1959 by a man-made lake and were forgotten about, until they were discovered in 2001 by a tourist diving company. The cities remain intact and in good condition.

    41. China has planted the biggest artificial forest in the world to stop the spread of the Gobi desert, and plans to expand it to 2,800 miles by 2074

    42. Chinese smoke around 2.2 trillion cigarettes a year, of which 400 billion are fake, made mostly in illegal cigarette factories in caves below a city in China, often containing 80 percent more nicotine, 130 percent.
    more carbon monoxide and occasionally insect eggs and human feces.

    43. An estimated 10,000 cats are eaten per day in China’s Guangdong province.

    44. China set up state-sanctioned protest zones for the 2008 Olympics and then arrested people who applied to use them.

    45. A museum in Hebei Provence, China, was shut down earlier this year after the majority of its 40,000 artifacts and antiques were discovered to be fakes.

    46. During the 2008 Olympics, China employed 30 airplanes, 4,000 rocket launchers, and 7,000 anti-aircraft guns to stop rain by shooting various chemicals into any threatening clouds to shrink rain drops before they reached the stadium.

    47. After Mao took power in China, there were so many suicides in Shanghai that people were afraid to walk near skyscrapers for the fear that anyone might land on them.

    48. Some people in China actually earn $50,000 a year for being professional fart smellers

    49. There´s a hugely popular reality show in China that interviews death row prisoners moments before their execution.

    50. In 2010, China had a traffic jam that lasted 12 days and spanned 62 miles.

    STOP! There is smoke coming out of your ears! Take a 5 minute break – you are half way done…

    Part III – Fill In The Blank

    51. Wong Fei is a __________________

    52. Subway Line _____ in ____________ is the longest subway line in the world.

    53. There are _____Ethnic people living in China today.

    54. You must have a ____visa in order to legally work in China.

    55. The "Golden Venture" was a Chinese ____________.

    56. The current population of China is _______________.

    57. The current Premier of China is _________________.

    58. What is a "lao hu"? __________________________.

    59. There are ____tones in the Chinese language.

    60. Chinese students are always number one in ____________.

    61. 2014 is the year of the _____________.

    62. The _______Desert is in Northwest China is larger than Peru.

    63. ____% Of Chinese university students now study abroad.

    64. How doe you say "Please" and "Thank You" in Chinese? ____________

    65. China’s best and most tea grows in __________________ Province

    66. Whose photo is on the 20 yuan bill in China? __________________.

    67. China’s "Ice Festival" is held every year in the City of ____________.

    68. The hottest place to live in China is the city of __________________.

    69. Chinese pandas come from the ______________area.

    70. The NDRC stands for _______________________________________

    71. The famous "Terra Cotta Warriors" were found in the city of _________.

    72. Ma Zu can be found in the province of ___________.

    73. The two largest cities of Hainan Island Province are ______ and ______.

    74. China is currently the _____________ largest economy in the world.

    75. China now creates _____% of all new jobs in the world.

    Part IV – Chinese Culture & Art

    76. The Three Kingdoms is a famous… a) play b) book c) movie d) board game

    77. Wei Qi is a famous… a) play b) book c) movie d) board game

    78. Tai Chi is a form of Chinese __________________________.

    79. Chinese noodles are made from ______ or _______ or ______ or ______

    80. China’s most popular sport is ___________________________

    81. What is China’s most famous painting? ________________________

    82. Feng Shui is the art of _____________________________________

    83. CTM stands for ______________________________________________

    84. The Chinese Revolution took place in what year? ______________

    85. Name three Chinese musical instruments _______ _______ _______

    Okay – Almost done. The last 15 questions involves identifying pictures and to finish the Quiz and get your test score please visit:


    If you don’t care about the free Chinese lessons and want to stop here, no problem. To get the answers to the above just send an email to Answers[at]ChinaForeignTeachersUnion.org and allow 72 hours for a response.


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    6 February, 2014 at 12:27
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    Reply To: 2014 CFTU China Trivia Quiz For Foreign Expat Teachers

    I am ashamed of myself (78%) :(

    7 February, 2014 at 13:01
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    Reply To: 2014 CFTU China Trivia Quiz For Foreign Expat Teachers

    This quiz only looks easy! Make sure you read each question twice. I got an 88% or should I say there were 12 answers I did not know and the others I’m 99% sure of.

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