Empress Wu

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Questions on this quiz are based on information from
Empress Wu.

1. Over what ancient civilization did Empress Wu rule?
a. Egypt
b. Rome
c. Babylon
d. China
e. Persia

2. Which of the following best describes the childhood of Empress Wu?
a. She grew up as a poor peasant farmer
b. She grew up in a noble family and was given a good education
c. She was a slave working on the Great Wall
d. She was an orphan who was adopted by the Emperor's wife
e. She was the daughter of a wealthy merchant

3. What happened to Empress Wu after Emperor Taizong died?
a. She became the Empress of China
b. She was sold as a slave
c. She was sent to a convent to be a nun
d. She returned home to her family
e. She was executed

4. How did Wu get promoted to the first wife of the emperor?
a. She claimed the empress poisoned her daughter
b. She assassinated the current empress
c. She became empress when the current empress became sick and died
d. She framed the empress for plotting to overthrow the emperor
e. All of the above

5. Who was the official ruler of China while Empress Wu ruled as regent?
a. Empress Wu's nephew
b. Empress Wu's son
c. Empress Wu's uncle
d. Empress Wu's daughter
e. None of the above

6. When Empress Wu became emperor, what did she name her dynasty?
a. Tang Dynasty
b. Song Dynasty
c. Qing Dynasty
d. Ming Dynasty
e. Zhou Dynasty

7. True or False: Empress Wu was one of several women who became emperor of China.

8. According to the article, how did Empress Wu maintain power while emperor of China?
a. She used public relations
b. She raised taxes
c. She used secret police to spy on people
d. She maintained a huge army
e. She didn't have to do anything to maintain power

9. How did Empress Wu improve the lives of the peasant people in Ancient China?
a. She lowered taxes
b. She built public works
c. She improved farming techniques
d. All of the above
e. None of the above

10. What religion did Empress Wu elevate to the state religion during her reign?
a. Confucianism
b. Buddhism
c. Tao
d. Islam
e. None of the above

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