I developed this quiz when I taught a 9th grade unit on China. Students requested to learn about China because it was an interesting and large country that few of them knew anything about. This could be adapted to use with kids of many ages.
1. When was the current Chinese flag adopted?
(a) 1939 (b) 1949 (c) 1855 (d) 1955
2. What does the Chinese flag look like?
3. What is the significance of the Chinese flag? Describe what it means.
4. Overpopulation is a serious concern in China. Why is overpopulation a problem?
5. What measures has the Chinese government taken to combat overpopulation?
Do you agree or disagree with these measures (explain why)?
6. What are some of the countries that border China?
7. How big is China (approximately)?
8. Describe the Chinese landscape.
9. What is the only political party in China?
10. What do you know about Chinese history?
The Answer Key
2. It has a red background. In the top left hand corner there is a large yellow star surrounded by four smaller yellow stars in a semi-circle.
3. The colour red can be viewed as a symbol of the earth/Chinese land, the communist party, and is also sometimes thought to be representative of the Chinese Civil War. Yellow has been interpreted as representing the people of China and the country’s bright future. The large star represents the communist party/Chinese government, and the smaller stars represent the Chinese people (as divided into groups by Chairman Mao Zedong).
4. Overpopulation puts additional strain on the natural environment as well as the infrastructure of society. If there are too many people, there will not be enough food and water for everyone, etc.
5. People are only allowed to have one kid (sometimes two in the countryside) and there are serious financial repercussions to having more.
As a result, boys have become valued over girls, and so many baby girls are aborted or given up for adoption. There is an aging population without children to care for them.
6. China is bordered by Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, India, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Kyrgzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikstan, and Vietnam.
7. China has an area of nearly 10,000,000 km². It is the fourth largest country in the world, and is slightly smaller than the USA.
8. China is so large the landscape varies greatly. There are deserts, rainforests, windswept plains, the highest mountains in the world, coastline, farmland, etc.
10. China has a long and well-preserved history. For details, see the history of China handouts.