For several centuries China was a leading civilization, but internal strife, famine and foreign occupation set back the country in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Following the ravages of World War II and a bloody civil war, China emerged as the People’s Republic of China under the Communist leadership of Mao Zedong (also translated as Mao Tse-Tung). In the years following Mao’s death in 1976, the new Communist leader, Deng Xiaoping, moved China’s economy away from closed central planning toward a somewhat freer market with foreign investment, stock markets, private competition and price liberalization. Subsequent rapid economic growth has returned China to the status of a major economic and military power, increasing interest in and concern about China. This quiz offers some basic information about China.            

Note: Special thanks to Learning Life intern, Kane Boynton, for assisting with the research and writing of this quiz. 

1. True or False: China is the most populous country in the world.


2. True or False: China is the fourth largest country in the world by land area.


3. What is the capital of China?


4. Who is the current President of China?


5. All of the following statements about China are true, except: