Pigs and Tigers and Rats -- Oh My!: How much do you know about the Chinese zodiac?
by Staff
The Chinese zodiac calendar has been around for thousands of years, but few people understand how it works. Take this quiz to see if you're an expert in this astrological system.

The Chinese calendar is ___.

  • lunar
  • solar
  • lunisolar

The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 years. Each year is represented by a particular ___.

  • animal
  • occupation
  • god

The first animal of the Chinese zodiac is the ___.

  • ox
  • rat
  • tiger

The last animal of the Chinese zodiac is the ___.

  • pig
  • rabbit
  • dragon

True or false: The Chinese New Year is on Jan. 1 every year.

  • true
  • false
  • It depends on where in China you are when the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1.

Which other zodiac is similar to the Chinese one?

  • the German zodiac
  • the Korean zodiac
  • the Vietnamese zodiac

The Chinese calendar is ___.

  • linear
  • cyclical
  • neither

How many years does it take to go through a complete cycle in the Chinese calendar?

  • 12 years
  • 24 years
  • 60 years

According to the Chinese zodiac, the tiger is ___.

  • authoritative and emotional
  • charming and smart
  • patient and generous

One of the fixed elements of the Chinese calendar is ___.

  • wood
  • sand
  • wind