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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was sent to Guiana as a death sentence in the 16th century?
(a) Juan Martinez.
(b) Marco Polo.
(c) Thomas Huxley.
(d) John Cabot.

2. What is the Basque language called?
(a) Esperanza.
(b) Basquian.
(c) Latinia.
(d) Euskera.

3. If hauled up from freezing water, cod will _____ because of a protein they produce.
(a) Turn to jelly.
(b) Crystallize.
(c) Implode.
(d) Explode.

4. Europe's best salt was supposed to have come from which country?
(a) Portugal.
(b) France.
(c) Britain.
(d) Spain.

5. In Great Britain since the nineteenth century, cod has meant ____.
(a) Joke or prank.
(b) Government official.
(c) Dolt.
(d) Bridge.

6. Who outlawed the Basque language?
(a) Francisco Franco.
(b) Juan Carlos.
(c) Archduke Ferdinand.
(d) Ricardo Sáenz de Ynestrillas Pérez.

7. What was the premier French fishing port in Newfoundland in the early 16th century?
(a) La Rochelle.
(b) Le Cygne.
(c) Bayonne.
(d) Le Grys.

8. What do New Englanders call smaller thin-shelled quahogs?
(a) Steamers.
(b) Sandies.
(c) Barnacles.
(d) Mud bugs.

9. Who believed that if Britain lost its Newfoundland fishing ships based in Plymouth alone, it would be the greatest blow the country has ever been given?
(a) John Cabot.
(b) Sir Walter Raleigh.
(c) John Smith.
(d) Christopher Columbus.

10. What was the French salt tax called?
(a) Gabargent.
(b) Gabelle.
(c) Franc sel.
(d) Sels tax.

11. John Smith renamed _____ "New England".
(a) Newfoundland.
(b) Nova Scotia.
(c) North Virginia.
(d) New Yorkshire.

12. What commodity did Bartholomew Gosnold find in North America?
(a) Sassafras.
(b) Potatoes.
(c) Gold.
(d) Corn.

13. What does "Hanse" mean in Middle High German?
(a) Cod.
(b) Fellowship.
(c) Higher power.
(d) Ship.

14. Who monopolized the Baltic herring trade and tried the same thing with dried cod in the fifteenth century?
(a) The Turks.
(b) The Vikings.
(c) The Huns.
(d) The Hanseatics.

15. What were lobsters considered to be by the Pilgrims?
(a) Pests.
(b) Pets.
(c) Delicacies.
(d) Sea monsters.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who conjectured that cod was named after a husk of seeds because the female holds so many eggs?

2. Who was the father of Erik the Red?

3. What do humpback whales feed on?

4. What are cod called after the larval stage?

5. What is the name of the tropical body of water that once ran around the earth east-west and connected all the oceans?

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