What Would Your Job Be in the Chinese Imperial Court?

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Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

It is said that the Chinese Empire is one of the longest-lasting and most powerful in the history of humanity. Now, this is slightly misleading, as the Chinese Empire has actually come into being several times (and is sometimes confused with the Mongol Empire that covered much of China's territory thanks to conquest by Genghis Khan). China as an idea has been around for a couple thousand years. Chinese Empires have sort of come and gone in that time.

First, there was the Han Dynasty, which made it about 400 years. Then there was a period of disunity and war known as the Six Dynasties and 16 Kingdoms, which interestingly sort of matches the European Dark Ages after the Roman Empire fell, showing you that classical times were more interlinked than people think. This was followed by... another united China! The Sui and then the Tang Dynasties ruled for another 300 years. Then came more disunity, and another unification under the Song dynasty, though this was not as cohesive as prior unifications. 

The Mongols blew it all up in the 1200's but only held their ground 100 years or so. After that came the Ming Dynasty, whose control was never absolute either. This brings us to the Qing Dynasty, which pretty much leads up to the Chinese Revolution, a period of warlords and then... communism (of a sort).

All this is to say, there were a few imperial courts out there, and a smart person could probably make a good living in most of them. It was all about what you could do, who you knew, and what you were willing to do to protect your position. Tell us such things about yourself, and we'll see where you would have belonged!

Are you power hungry?

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Do you mind hard work?

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Are you artistic?

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What outfit do you like to wear?

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Do you love the politics of court?

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Do you want to deal with the Emperor one on one?

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Do you separate sex and love easily?

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How much do you love money?

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Do you respond well to a crisis?

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Do you hope you'll get a title one day?

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How important is family life to you?

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Are you actually a patriot?

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Do you like to stay in shape?

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Do you love to travel?

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Are you a team player?

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Are you good at chess?

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Do you like riding a horse?

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Do you need a lot of downtime?

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Can you take criticism?

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When would you like to retire?

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Would you have had any options outside the court?

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What special skill do you have?

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How is your calligraphy?

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What about your eyesight? Is it any good?

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Do you mind pretending to be interested in people who are not interesting?

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How's your sense of humor?

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Are you considered wise?

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How much time do you like to spend on your appearance?

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Would you mind really yoking yourself to the dynasty in charge, or do you want some deniability if they fall?

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If you left China when the Mongols came, where would you go?

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