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Chinese Art



True/False
Indicate whether the sentence or statement is true or false.
 

 1. 

“When god made you he broke the mold” refers to the inherent destruction of the mold in lost wax casting.
 

 2. 

The theocratic culture of the Shang dynasty is well understood today.
 

 3. 

Zhezgzou was an ancient Chinese city in which archaeologists have found remnants of indoor plumbing.
 

 4. 

The Xiaotun burial site was first excavated in 1812.
 

 5. 

There is evidence that the Shang dynasty used carved and painted wooden beams in their architecture.
 

 6. 

Rich surface decoration is a characteristic of early Chinese bronze casting.
 

 7. 

A frieze is a horizontal band of decoration on an artwork.
 

 8. 

Animal forms and geometric shapes are common motifs in Shang period bronzes.
 

 9. 

One explanation for a Taotie mask is that it is a symbol for the power of blood sacrifice.
 

 10. 

A Gu is a high footed goblet for wine.
 

 11. 

A Yu is a bucket shaped vessel with a swinging handle.
 

 12. 

A Guang is a vessel for the storage and pouring of wine or other liquids.
 

 13. 

Jade has been used to create wind chimes.
 

 14. 

A Bi is a pierced jade disk of uncertain ritual usage.
 

 15. 

The western word China is derived from the name of the Qin dynasty.
 

 16. 

Myth and everyday life are never subjects for Chinese artists.
 

 17. 

The Qin emperor standardized legal codes and bureaucratic procedures.
 

 18. 

The Great Wall of China was constructed by the Qin emperor.
 

 19. 

The Qin dynasty ruled for four hundred years.
 

 20. 

The Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible to the unaided eye from space.
 

 21. 

The Qin burial army soldiers all have the same face.
 

 22. 

Early figure drawings and paintings in China emphasize exact anatomical rendering like that of the Italian Renaissance.
 

 23. 

Stone rubbings in China are made exactly the way contmporary school children in United States create such works.
 

 24. 

Stamped bricks decorate the walls of tombs in areas where the stone is unsuitable for carving.
 

 25. 

The primary purpose of fugurative art in China was to capture the essence of a personality type.
 

 26. 

The Zhou conquerors allowed the last Shang king to continue to live in prison.
 

 27. 

The creation of feudal states in the Zhou dynasty had no effect on the existing theocratic society which continued to function as it had in the Shang period.
 

 28. 

Early Chinese bronzeware frequently bore inscriptions describing the person for whom the object was created and the occasion of the presentation of the gift.
 

 29. 

In addition to decorating pots the Taotie mask was created in other objects such as door and coffin handles.
 

 30. 

In Zhou period art silver and gold inlays are created  by beating a thread or wire of gold or silver into a groove in the bronze object.
 

 31. 

The earliest pagodas in Buddhist temples were constructed of wood.
 

 32. 

The Chinese Buddhist cave temples were intended to hold great crowds of people at one time.
 

 33. 

Many fourth and fifth century paintings from China have survived and are included in major museum collections around the world.
 

 34. 

By the 6th century AD an  advanced system for the criticism and enjoyment of painting had been established in China.
 

 35. 

There are no real mountains in China that resemble the mountains painted in Chinese landscape paintings.
 

 36. 

Fan Kuan was a revered monk who wrote exquisite poetry on nature subjects.
 

 37. 

Chinese landscape painters in the 11 th century AD used perspective techniques that they learned from the Italian Renaissance tradition.
 

 38. 

Traveling in Streams and Mountains reinforces the dominant position of human beings in the natural world.
 

Multiple Choice
Identify the letter of the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 39. 

The earliest historical dynasty was the:
a.
Chan
c.
Ming
b.
Shang
d.
Tung
 

 40. 

Chinese bronze is different from bronze in other cultures because of the presence of:
a.
copper
c.
lead
b.
tin
d.
antimony
 

 41. 

Bronze casting came into China from:
a.
the north
c.
the west
b.
the east
d.
we don’t know
 

 42. 

China developed bronze metalurgy ________ compared to other cultures.
a.
early
c.
about the same time
b.
late
d.
larger
 

 43. 

Piece moding technique allows the casting of __________ object(s).
a.
one
c.
many
b.
two
d.
an infinite number
 

 44. 

The Shang rulers were also considered:
a.
handsome
c.
bisexual
b.
gods
d.
short
 

 45. 

Most of what we know about the Shang dynasty we know from:
a.
burial sites
c.
historical documents
b.
old manuscripts
d.
the greek historian Therotodus
 

 46. 

In the Shang dynasty artworks were created for:
a.
family heirlooms
c.
the rich
b.
the king
d.
fun
 

 47. 

The Shang dynasty valued jade because the stone was:
a.
cheap
c.
hard
b.
green
d.
cold
 

 48. 

Near the Xiaotun burial site archaeologists have found:
a.
a thriving city
c.
a bronze foundry
b.
a burger king
d.
dinosaur bones
 

 49. 

Shang bronze vessel shapes were derived from:
a.
prehistoric pots
c.
Mesopotamian pots
b.
Egyptian post
d.
Jamaican pots
 

 50. 

A Taotie mask is a decorative form which has:
a.
bulging eyes
c.
big ears
b.
ferocious upper jaw
d.
all this and much more
 

 51. 

A kui is an animal with:
a.
two legs
c.
obvious snout
b.
a bushy tail
d.
all of the above
 

 52. 

Sometimes a Taotie mask is made up of ____ Kui.
a.
one
c.
buckle my shoe
b.
two
d.
four
 

 53. 

Oracle bones fortell the future by:
a.
shakikng
c.
burning from behind
b.
casting
d.
numismaticism
 

 54. 

The characters inscribed on oracle bones are:
a.
alphabet letters
c.
neograms
b.
pictograms
d.
golden grahams
 

 55. 

Jade is harder than bronze and was believed to be endowed with:
a.
magical properties
c.
good taste
b.
money
d.
indomitable spirit
 

 56. 

Early jade carvings are decorated:
a.
in the same manner as bronzes
c.
in a manner reflecting mathematics
b.
in a different manner as bronzes
d.
in a manner of speaking
 

 57. 

Jade burial objects were sometimes used to seal up:
a.
the tomb
c.
the orifices of the body
b.
the last will and testament
d.
letters
 

 58. 

In the Qin period art:
a.
retains earlier religious function
c.
becomes inexpensive
b.
becomes a status symbol
d.
becomes monumental
 

 59. 

The warring states period is followed by a unification under the _____ dynasty.
a.
Ming
c.
Tong
b.
Ding
d.
Qin
 

 60. 

Shihuangdi’s tomb was discovered in:
a.
1574
c.
1874
b.
1674
d.
1974
 

 61. 

The Qin emperor was buried with _____ terracotta soldiers.
a.
1000
c.
4000
b.
2000
d.
8000 and still counting
 

 62. 

Tradition has it that the first significant use of brush, ink and paper as art media occurred in the __________ dynasty.
a.
Zhou
c.
Qin
b.
Shang
d.
Ming
 

 63. 

Chinese painting was strongly influenced by:
a.
calligraphy
c.
roman coins
b.
bonsai
d.
phonecian traders
 

 64. 

The paper used in Chinese painting is:
a.
very stiff
c.
very absorbent
b.
very shiny
d.
very cheap
 

 65. 

An ideogram is:
a.
an idea picture
c.
a philosophical idea
b.
a stupid idea
d.
a number
 

 66. 

Buddhism was introduced to China during the ________ dynasty.
a.
Tao
c.
Ming
b.
Shang
d.
Han
 

 67. 

Taoism is a belief system which values:
a.
harmony
c.
the bustle of the city
b.
intellectual activity
d.
everything new
 

 68. 

“The Analects of _______” .
a.
Lao Tze
c.
Mao Zhedong
b.
Confucius
d.
Chiang Kai Shek
 

 69. 

The funerary banner of Mawangdui was:
a.
hung from a wall
c.
buried in a box
b.
draped over a coffin
d.
kept in a home as a memoir
 

 70. 

The Mawangdui banner contains ___ levels.
a.
one
c.
three
b.
two
d.
four
 

 71. 

Many of the Han bronze artifacts extant were:
a.
found in India
c.
burial items
b.
household furnishings
d.
made from glass
 

 72. 

The horse statues from the Han dynasty’s Gansu province are:
a.
bronze
c.
called flying horses
b.
incredibly cool
d.
all of the above
 

 73. 

During the Zhou dynastie the Taotie mask:
a.
vanishes
c.
falls into disfavor
b.
becomes a monster mask
d.
becomes more human
 

 74. 

Blade like handles appear on bronzeware in the _____ dynasty.
a.
Shang
c.
Tang
b.
Zhou
d.
Ming
 

 75. 

The bird motif in Chinese art develops during the ______ dynasty.
a.
Ming
c.
Zhou
b.
Tang
d.
Shang
 

 76. 

A vessel with a cover that can be reversed to make a bowl is called:
a.
a fung
c.
a ding
b.
a tong
d.
useful
 

 77. 

Lost wax casting can produce ___ copie(s) of an artwork.
a.
one
c.
three
b.
two
d.
many
 

 78. 

Which Chinese belief system is based on reverence for ancestors and a code of moral conduct?
a.
Taoism
c.
Taoism
b.
Buddhism
d.
Nerdism
 

 79. 

Which Chinese belief system is based upon finding harmony between opposites, as can be seen in the forces of nature?
a.
Confucianism
c.
Buddhism
b.
Taoism
d.
Selectivism
 

 80. 

Buddhism arrived in China during the Han dynasty.
a.
Yes
c.
Maybe
b.
No
d.
I don’t remember
 

 81. 

The Pure Land sect of Buddhism sees rewards possible for good works which will lead to:
a.
rebirth in heaven
c.
rebirth as a dog
b.
rebirth in hell
d.
rebirth as a frog
 

 82. 

Chan Buddhism combines Buddhist practice with:
a.
Confucianism
c.
vanilla extract
b.
Taoism
d.
Christianity
 

 83. 

Sunyata is:
a.
fullness
c.
dukkha
b.
hunger
d.
emptiness
 

 84. 

The Mount Wutai temple was constructed during the _____ dynasty.
a.
Chang
c.
Wing
b.
Qin
d.
Tang
 

 85. 

Chinese cave temples are:
a.
poorly decorated
c.
air conditioned
b.
lavishly decorated
d.
characterized by blank walls symbolizing void.
 

 86. 

The alcoves in which the stone temple buddhas are enclosed are inscribed with blessings called down upon:
a.
royal families
c.
donor groups
b.
the emperor of China
d.
Siddharta Gautma
 

 87. 

A cache of scrolls discovered at the Dunhuang cave site contained numerous scrolls describing:
a.
the face of the emperor
c.
the life of the Buddha
b.
court manners
d.
artistic practices of the time
 

 88. 

Paintings depicting the Amitabha Buddha show large crowds of people surrounding the Buddha in:
a.
Beijing
c.
India
b.
the Pure Land
d.
O’Hare airport
 

 89. 

Painting as a prime form of art making in China occurs at approximately:
a.
100 BC
c.
100 AD
b.
400 BC
d.
400 AD
 

 90. 

Which quality was required for a painting to be considered for further critique?
a.
Bone Method
c.
Spirit Resonance
b.
Division and Planning
d.
Extreme Realism
 

 91. 

The Bone Method refers to paintings made:
a.
on plaster walls
c.
with a brush
b.
on bone china
d.
with a bone
 

 92. 

A calligraphic line is one which is:
a.
both thick and thin
c.
thin
b.
thick
d.
dotted
 

 93. 

The ladies in waiting depicted in the tomb of Princess Yong Tai are so individual that it is thought that the painter:
a.
use photographs
c.
posed the women for studies
b.
had them buried alive
d.
was female
 

 94. 

The Emperor Ming Huang Travelling in Shiu is a narrative painting that is read:
a.
left to right
c.
top to bottom
b.
right to left
d.
very carefully
 

 95. 

The multiple layers of distance in Chinese landscape paintings are separated by:
a.
fog or mist
c.
thousands of years
b.
police tape
d.
royal decree
 

 96. 

Hand scrolls were meant to be unrolled:
a.
right to left
c.
either way
b.
left to right
d.
fully so that the viewer could see the entire painting at one time
 

 97. 

The quality of painting and calligraphy that translates into a sense that even the land in a landscape painting is alive is:
a.
Bone Method
c.
Realism
b.
Spirit Resonance
d.
Mood
 

 98. 

Many Chinese paintings bear inscriptions written by:
a.
the artist
c.
the artist’s mother
b.
the artist’s agent
d.
subsequent owners
 

 99. 

Chinese landscape paintings were frequently made with:
a.
ink
c.
oil paint
b.
pencil
d.
acrylics
 

 100. 

I think you made this question up just to have one hundred questions in the data bank:
a.
yes
c.
duh
b.
no
d.
I refuse to answer just in case you are monitoring my responses
 



 
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