Question 1: Pictured here is Shenandoah National Park. Where can we find it?
Correct Answer: Virginia
Fact: Shenandoah National Park embraces a stretch of the splendid Blue Ridge Mountains. Nearly 40% of the park has earned the distinction of being a designated wilderness area.
Question 2: The slowdown of which pigment’s production causes leaves to change color in the fall?
Correct Answer: Chlorophyll
Fact: During fall, deciduous trees prepare for the winter months when energy resources become scarce. Less daylight and cooler temperatures mean less chlorophyll is produced. As a result, the green color fades from the leaves, revealing other pigments.
Question 3: A group of maple trees used for syrup production is called what?
- Sticky stand
- Amber grove
- Sugar bush
Correct Answer: Sugar bush
Fact: The sugar maples of Shenandoah could be used as a sugar bush, as they are the most common tree used to produce maple syrup. The first people to turn sap into syrup were the Indigenous people of Northeastern North America.
Question 1: What is another name for the Mid-Autumn Festival?
- Mooncake Festival
- Dragon Boat Festival
- Lunar New Year
Correct Answer: Mooncake Festival
Fact: The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Mooncake Festival because mooncakes capture the essence of the holiday. They are a traditional and iconic treat that resembles the full moon, a prominent feature of the festival. Mooncakes are round pastries with various fillings and are often designed with patterns on the top crust.
Question 2: Which traditional Chinese art involves intricate paper cutting to create designs and patterns?
Correct Answer: Jianzhi
Fact: The art of paper cutting was invented during the Han dynasty, which ruled between 202 BCE and 220 CE. It was initially used as embroidery patterns but later developed into folk art. Jianzhi designs often represent zodiac animals.
Question 3: What space program launched the first crewed orbit of the moon?
Correct Answer: Apollo
Fact: NASA's Apollo 8 was the first crewed spacecraft to orbit the moon in 1968, followed by Apollo 11, which, in July 1969, became the first to land humans on the moon. NASA and other international partner agencies are scheduled to return to the moon's surface in December 2025 as part of the Artemis 3 mission.