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# The Fineprint Trivia Quiz

### This quiz is a brief pictorial introduction to Sino-Korean characters. The characters are known as Hanja in Korean and Kanji in Japanese. I will provide some hints for the basic meaning of each character.

A photo quiz by christopherm. Estimated time: 3 mins.

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Time
3 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
361,105
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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617
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Top 10% Quiz
Last 3 plays: caparica (9/10), woodychandler (8/10), Guest 172 (7/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. The Sino-Korean character in the photo is derived from an early representation of clouds with drops of water underneath. What does this character represent? Hint

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Question 2 of 10
2. This Sino-Korean character represents a period of time. In other contexts, it may represent the sun. Which of the following periods of time does it generally represent? Hint

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Question 3 of 10
3. The Sino-Korean character in the photo when combined with the words "yo il" represents the day Monday. Which word best describes the definition of the character? (The character evolved from a crescent shape.) Hint

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Question 4 of 10
4. For this Sino-Korean character, you may imagine a bow and arrow along with its target. Which direction does this character represent? Hint

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Question 5 of 10
5. The Sino-Korean character in the photo represents a number. It's greater than zero and less than ten. Which number is it? (Look closely at the photo.) Hint

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Question 6 of 10
6. If you can imagine the lower portion of this Sino-Korean character to be a kite flying and the upper portion to be clouds during a thunderstorm, you should be able to determine the meaning of the character in the photo. What does the character represent? Hint

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Question 7 of 10
7. The Sino-Korean character in the accompanying photo represents a geographical feature. Imagine three peaks, if you will. Which feature does this character represent? Hint

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Question 8 of 10
8. The interesting Sino-Korean character in the photo represents an animal. You might be able to envision it galloping along. Some beginning chess players refer to their knights by this name. Which animal is it? Hint

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Question 9 of 10
9. The accompanying photo for this Sino-Korean character depicts a form of transportation. This character is also a piece from Korean chess called the Chariot. Which more modern vehicle does this character symbolize? Hint

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Question 10 of 10
10. For the final question, two Sino-Korean characters are combined to represent a single concept. Fill in the blank from the following quotation to find the meaning of the character compound: "England and America are two countries separated by the same __________". (One of the characters means "speech")
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The Sino-Korean character in the photo is derived from an early representation of clouds with drops of water underneath. What does this character represent?

Many characters have evolved from pictorial depictions of a concept. In this example, the raindrops may not be too difficult to visualize. The Sino-Korean pronunciation of this character is "u" or "oo". The phrase on the bottom-left means "heavy rain".
2. This Sino-Korean character represents a period of time. In other contexts, it may represent the sun. Which of the following periods of time does it generally represent?

The "pure Korean" term for this character is, "nal", which means "day". The combination of "il" and "gi" represents a diary. Roman numerals plus the character for day are often used to indicate the day of the month.

In another context, the same character may mean, "sun." For example, the combination of the characters, "il" and "bon" refers to Japan. (Origin of the sun.)
3. The Sino-Korean character in the photo when combined with the words "yo il" represents the day Monday. Which word best describes the definition of the character? (The character evolved from a crescent shape.)

The Sino-Korean name for the character is "weol". The Korean name is "dal". The character is commonly used to designate the month of the year. Days of the week in Korean end with the two syllable, "yo il". Using the character in the photo as a prefix, Monday becomes" "weol yo il".
4. For this Sino-Korean character, you may imagine a bow and arrow along with its target. Which direction does this character represent?

The name of this character is "jung". It represents center or middle. One of the more popular compound usages of this character is with the designation for country, "guk". In combination, "jung guk" means China, or literally, "middle kingdom".
5. The Sino-Korean character in the photo represents a number. It's greater than zero and less than ten. Which number is it? (Look closely at the photo.)

The number represented by this character is five. It takes four strokes to write this character properly. Ironically, it takes five strokes to write the character for the number four. You may have noticed "o weol" in the photo. This represents the month of May.
6. If you can imagine the lower portion of this Sino-Korean character to be a kite flying and the upper portion to be clouds during a thunderstorm, you should be able to determine the meaning of the character in the photo. What does the character represent?

The Sino-Korean word for the character in the photo is "jeon". The meaning of the character is electricity or lightning. One of the characters for speech is pronounced, "hwa". The combination of "jeon" and "hwa" represents telephone.
7. The Sino-Korean character in the accompanying photo represents a geographical feature. Imagine three peaks, if you will. Which feature does this character represent?

The suffix "san" is used in the names of mountains. It is the Sino-Korean name for the character in the photo. Combining the characters for mountain and water forms the concept "landscape" (san su).

In addition, the character for fire combined with the character for mountain forms the character combination "volcano" (hwa san).

You may have noticed that I have provided two different definitions for "hwa". The Korean pronunciation is the same however the derivative Chinese character or Hanja is different for each definition.
8. The interesting Sino-Korean character in the photo represents an animal. You might be able to envision it galloping along. Some beginning chess players refer to their knights by this name. Which animal is it?

This is a powerful character consisting of ten brush strokes. The symbol is employed in the Korean and Chinese versions of chess. The movement of the Horse is very similar to the movement of the knight in Western chess. The Sino-Korean pronunciation for the character is "ma". The pure Korean word for horse is "mal".
9. The accompanying photo for this Sino-Korean character depicts a form of transportation. This character is also a piece from Korean chess called the Chariot. Which more modern vehicle does this character symbolize?

The pure Korean word "su rei" means a cart, van or wagon. Of course, as modern transportation has advanced, so has the interpretation of certain characters kept pace with modern language. In Korean, "ja dong cha" is the word for car. (automatic cart)
10. For the final question, two Sino-Korean characters are combined to represent a single concept. Fill in the blank from the following quotation to find the meaning of the character compound: "England and America are two countries separated by the same __________". (One of the characters means "speech") .

The popular quotation is attributed to George Bernard Shaw. Both characters in the photo have essentially the same meaning of "to say" or "speech". As a compound, they mean "language". The first character is pronounced, "eon". The second character is pronounced "eo". (one syllable for each word.)
Source: Author christopherm

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