Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World Test | Final Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. "Clipper schooners" carried a lot of sail. Why were they dangerous?
(a) They weren't dangerous.
(b) They could not handle gale winds.
(c) They maneuvered poorly.
(d) They ran aground easily.

2. What are most houses in Iceland made out of now?
(a) Wood.
(b) Mud or brick.
(c) Rock.
(d) Metal or concrete.

3. Who were infamous on the Grand Banks for the harshness of their working conditions?
(a) The Spanish.
(b) The French.
(c) The British.
(d) The Portuguese.

4. By 1918, which Maine city was building steel-hulled trawlers?
(a) Rockland.
(b) Saco.
(c) Bangor.
(d) Bath.

5. The first otter trawl was built in _____.
(a) Iceland.
(b) Newfoundland.
(c) Ireland.
(d) Scotland.

6. What replaced nylon in gill nets?
(a) Acetate fiber.
(b) Monofilament.
(c) Dacron.
(d) Rayon.

7. The Cod Wars started in the middle of what other war?
(a) The Cold War.
(b) World War II.
(c) The French and Indian War.
(d) World War I.

8. What were thick rubber gloves with cotton lining that fishermen wore called?
(a) Stiffs.
(b) Mitts.
(c) Skimmers.
(d) Nippers.

9. What fish was pointed out by the European Economic Community to be abundant off the coast of Scotland?
(a) Haddock.
(b) Herring.
(c) Blue whiting.
(d) Walleye.

10. In the 1780's, British medicine decided cod-liver oil was a remedy for _____.
(a) Rheumatism.
(b) Anemia.
(c) Melancholy.
(d) Syphilis.

11. Which mountain erupted in 1389 on Iceland?
(a) Mt. Askja.
(b) Mt. Esja.
(c) Mt. Hvannadalshn√ļkur.
(d) Mt. Hekla.

12. Iceland is encrusted with _____.
(a) Sand.
(b) Lava.
(c) Barnacles.
(d) Dead sea creatures.

13. Nova Scotia fishermen looked for a red gravel floor favored by cod called _____.
(a) Battle grounds.
(b) Cherry bottom.
(c) Sunset waters.
(d) Rose rock.

14. What was invented in the mid-19th century that was slow to catch on in the fishing industry?
(a) The wireless radio.
(b) Sonar.
(c) The steam engine.
(d) None of the answers is correct.

15. Equipment that waits for the fish is called _____.
(a) Passive gear.
(b) Diggers.
(c) Comstocks.
(d) Dead netting.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the leading cause of death on a modern trawler?

2. What were the French fishing fleets called?

3. Dorymen's wives made sails for them sewn from _____.

4. Which American President issued a proclamation stating that the U.S. had the right to control mineral resources on its continental shelf?

5. What were sail-powered draggers called?

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