Class 4 Social Studies

Fireworks, Silk and the Great Wall – Class 4

Fireworks, Silk and the Great Wall

Great wall of China

Great wall of China

For Class 4


  1. How was the Great Wall of China built?
    Answer: The different parts of Great Wall of China was built by different kings over a period of more than 1,500 years.
  2. Why did the Chinese use fireworks during festivals?
    Answer: The Chinese believed that the loud noise made by the fireworks would drive away evil spirits.  That is why the Chinese use fireworks during festivals.
  3. Why was silk important for China?
    Answer: Silk was important for China because silk was in great demand all over the world and for hundreds of years the Chinese were the only people who knew how to make it. This made them rich.
  4. On what did the Chinese write before paper came? Were these suitable?
    Answer: Before paper was invented Chinese wrote on bamboo strips or on silk. These were not suitable as bamboo was heavy and silk was costly.
  5. How did the Chinese print?
    Answer: Chinese carved letters and other designs on wooden blocks. These blocks were then used to print on paper or cloth.


  1. The Great Wall of China was made in parts.
  2. Gunpowder was used to fire rockets.
  3. It is believed that silk was discovered by a Chinese cook.
  4. Dishes and cups made of porcelain are often called china.
  5. The invention of printing made it easy to make many copies of the same thing.
  1. True
  2. True
  3. False
  4. False
  5. True

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