Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Exam review: some 70 questions for your study

1. The life of Shi Huang Di: a) 1200 BCE b) 200 AD c) 200 BCE .
2. Shi Huang Di’s version of the Great Wall was called a “precursor” to the later Great Wall. Precursor means
a) earlier version b) smaller example c) moveable pointer.
3. A tomb may also be called a : a) monument b) mound c) subterranean
d) mausoleum.
4. As a ruthless autocrat the First Emperor banned writing by __. a) Lao Tzu b) Tao c) Buddha d) Confucius.
5. The importance of his reign is intact after 2 millennium. That would be some a) 2 hundred b) 2 thousand c) 2 million years.
6. As a young king, Huangdi began construction on a) roads b) canals c) obelisks d) his mausoleum.
7. When a youth becomes king he usually has a powerful member of the court who acts as his guide to decision-making. That person’s title? a) proxy b) consort c) regent d) caretaker.
8. Shi Huang Di’s period of rule was preceded by a period of civil war known as a) Troubles b) Confucian c) Primitive d) Warring states.
9. Shi Huang Di unified China economically by standardizing the Chinese units of measurements such as weights and measures, the currency, the length of the axles of carts (so every cart could run smoothly in the ruts of the new roads). He also standardized the writing. T / F

10. Shi Huang Di seriously sought the elixir of life, a magical potion which reputedly would enable immortality.
What is an elixir? a) a pool of magical water b) magical cape c) health-giving drink d) hallucinogenic drug.
11. The huge terra cotta army buried with Shi Huang Di lies near which city? a) Beijing b) Shanghai c) Hong Kong d) Xi’an.

12. In one of his greatest construction projects, the Emperor Qin commanded the building of the Ling Qu __ .
a) bridge b) tunnel c) canal d) pagoda.

18. Epang Gong refers to a a) concubine b) palace c) river d) ruler in the city of Xi'an.
19. Many of the people in the Chinese court were referred to as eunuchs. This means that they were a) congenital b) silly c) asthmatic d) castrated.
20. Qin's main tomb has been exhumed but was closed to await more advanced archaeological technology. T / F

1. b 2. b 3. d 4. c 5. b 6.d 7. c 8. a 9. F 10. c 11. a 12. c
13. a 14. T 15. F 16. c 17. b 18. b 19.d 20. F

Nippon Review

1. ____ has been called the Father of both Anime and of Manga. a) Hayao Miyazaki b) Osamu Tezuko c) Soichiro Honda.
2. The principal origin of the big eyes employed in most Japanese manga: a) Walt Disney characters c) biological studies d) Hollywood characters.
3. Most Japanese are able to integrate 2 types of religious practice into their lives. Please pick 2 answers. a) Hindusim b) Buddhism c) Islam d) Christianity e) Judaism f) Confucianism g) Shintoism h) Atheism.
4. Japanese graphic books: a) anime b) manga c) Geisha d) sushi.
5. Japan is not an archipelago even though it has much tectonic activity. T / F
6. Though the nation is tiny, Japan’s population is almost half that of the US. T / F
7. In terms of altitude, Mt Fuji can be compared to the a) Appalachians b) Rocky Mtns.
8. Japanese greeting: a) Ni hau! b) Salaam! c) Namaste'! d) Konichi wa!
9. The stylish Japanese boxed lunch: a) bento b) manga c) fugu d) karesansui.
10. Buddhist belief: Suffering is caused by __ . a) cessation b) middle way c) attachment
d) nirvana.

Brief constructed response (2 - 3 sentences):
What is the worldwide significance of the numerous Japanese companies whose names are so recognizable to Americans? Examples: Sony, Honda, Canon, Panasonic, Fuji, Mazda, Yamaha, Nissan, Asics, etc.

Add a title. Be aware of your spelling, construction and logic.

1. b 2. d 3. b, g 4. b 5. f 6. T 7. b 8. d 9. a 10. c

The Odyssey of a Chinese teen: Not One Less

B 1. The film addresses the ______ gap between urban and rural populations. a) cultural b) economic c) legislative d) language.
F 2. Given the following bureaucrats: the Mayor, the brick factory manager, the clerk at the TV station, the TV station manager and the restaurant manager, we should conclude that the movie's director sees bureaucrats as mostly negative forces. T / F
C 3. The film primarily addresses this issue: a) history of China b) poverty in China c) rural education d) difficulty of life in the cities.
B or D 4. Which one of these characters is not battling the drop-out problem? a) Teacher Gao b) the Mayor c) Teacher Wei d) Zhang Huike.
A or B 5. Which one of these characters seems to provide a sense of balance and moderation? a) Teacher Gao b) the Mayor c) Teacher Wei d) Zhang Huike.
A 6. Which one of these characters is the most frugal? a) Teacher Gao b) the Mayor c) Teacher Wei d) Zhang Huike.
C 7. Which one of these characters shows heroic obstinacy? a) Teacher Gao b) the Mayor c) Teacher Wei d) Zhang Huike.
B 8. Shuixian School is located near the city of a) Hong Kong b) Xi’an c) Beijing d) Shanghai.
A 9. Is the mass media portrayed as a benign or a destructive force in China? The movie seems to say the news media is a) positive b) negative c) not a major factor.
C 10. A symbol of pride in learning and in the efficient use of resources in the school is: a) sending swift runner of the class to the sports specialty school b) flag c) chalk d) singing the anthem in an orderly formation.
A 11. "Keeping kids in school is harder than teaching them." Quote from a) the Mayor b) Substitute Wei c) Teacher Gao d) Zhang Huike.
D 12. Concerns about _____ dominate most of the characters and much of the film. a) ethics b) honor c) culture d) money.

Africa: the Refugees

B 1. Senegal: a) Mediterranean Africa b) West Africa c) East Africa.
A 2. Tunisia: a) Mediterranean Africa b) West Africa c) East Africa.
C 3. Tanzania: a) Mediterranean Africa b) West Africa c) East Africa.
B 4. Sierra Leone: a) Mediterranean Africa b) West Africa c) East Africa.
C 5. Sudan: a) Mediterranean Africa b) West Africa c) East Africa.
C 6. Nile region tribal people of Southern Sudan: a) Kakuma b) Ashanti c) Dinka d) Yirol.
A 7. Swahili is a language composed of European and African languages as well as
a) Arabic b) Islamic c) German d) English.
C 8. The indigenous people of Zanzibar are __. a) Europeans b) Arabs c) Africans d) Swahili.
A 9. The Nile River does not run through the center of this nation: a) Kenya b) Sudan c) Egypt d) Uganda.
B 10. The earliest slavers and gold traders to visit the continent of Africa were the a) Europeans b) Arabs c) Romans d) Swahili.
B 11. African-Americans are about __ of the US demographic: a) 2% b) 13% c) 33% d) 53%.
A 12. Body of water from which the Nile flows: a) Lake Victoria b) Mediterranean Sea c) Rift Valley d) Red Sea.
C 13. The Nile connects Ethiopia, Egypt, Uganda and __ . a) Somalia b) Yemen
c) Sudan d) Kenya.
B 14. The Sudanese government has targeted the Christian tribal peoples in the Darfur region. This relentless war has been called a) fratricidal b) genocidal c) suicidal d) fungicidal.

Gandhi and India

B 1. India is about 80% Hindu. There is a major minority, however, that claims some 13% of the population graph: a) Sikhs b) Muslims c) Tibetans d) Pakistanis.
A 2. Indigenous peoples of India: a) Dravidians b) Aryans c) Muslims d) Hindus.
C 3. Once an integral part of India, today this is a separate, neighboring nation dedicated to a Muslim population: a) Nepal b) Bhutan c) Bangladesh d) China.
D 4. Given the creative industries for which India and America are so famous, one would have to draw a close comparison between the cities of Los Angeles and
a) Kolkata b) New Delhi c) Porbandar d) Mumbai.
A 5. City noted as a software center: a) Bangalore b) Mumbai c) New Delhi
d) Madras.
D 6. In Porbandar the young Gandhi was profitably exposed to religions from 3 continents: a) Islam, Hinduism, Muslims b) Islam, Christianity, Catholics c) Christianity, Catholics, Hinduism d) Christianity, Hinduism, Islam.
C 7. Gandhi worked on ethnic amity (friendship) in India; that work centered on:
a) Untouchables, the caste system b) boycotting British textiles c) Hindus vs Muslims d) non-violent resistance by all Indians.
A 8. Site of a Holocaust-like mass murder by British troops: a) Amritsar b) Delhi
c) Champaran d) Kolkata.
T 9. The cuisine of India has absorbed influences from the regions in which you will find the cities of Mocha, Lisbon and Mexico City. T / F
F 10. Gold is the basic trade good that motivated Columbus to "discover" the Indians of the Caribbean. T / F
A 11. Gandhi's basic strategies did not include the use of the following: a) Indian frustration b) British law c) principles of Christianity d) British democracy.
A 12. A direct neighbor of India: a) Sri Lanka b) Afghanistan c) Iran d) Oman.
A 13. The highest and most extensive mountain border separates India from
a) China b) Bangladesh c) Pakistan d) Afghanistan.
B 14. Highest number of human beings in the region: a) Delhi b) Bombay c) Calcutta d) Bangalore.