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

2. Which rich fishing region was considered the laboratory for cod fishing innovation?
(a) The Icelandic coast.
(b) The North Sea.
(c) The Grand Banks.
(d) The Georges Bank.

3. Today, fish sticks are usually _____.
(a) Ling cod.
(b) Pacific pollock.
(c) Haddock.
(d) Pacific cod.

4. What were sail-powered draggers called?
(a) Dibs.
(b) Smacks.
(c) Widgets.
(d) Wingets.

5. What company did Clarence Birdseye found in Gloucester?
(a) Ocean Foods.
(b) Gorton's Seafood Company.
(c) Harbor Food Processing.
(d) General Seafoods Company.

6. What is considered a bread substitute in Iceland?
(a) Crackers.
(b) Stockfish.
(c) Corn muffins.
(d) Herring.

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

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

9. Which author's novel described too many fishermen on the banks working the same grounds.
(a) Kipling.
(b) Stevenson.
(c) Thoreau.
(d) Auden.

10. The twin ports of Hull and Grimsby are on the _____ River.
(a) Humber.
(b) Penobscot.
(c) Nictaux.
(d) St. Lawrence.

11. Hákarl is the flesh of a large _____.
(a) Greenland shark.
(b) Puffer fish.
(c) Hake.
(d) Gray skate.

12. In the quota system, groundfish are killed being hauled up do to _____.
(a) Hyperthermia.
(b) Hypothermia.
(c) Oxygen depletion.
(d) Pressure changes.

13. What was the forerunner of sonar?
(a) The chronometer.
(b) The phonometer.
(c) The echometer.
(d) The sonometer.

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

15. What were leaders of the trawler industry and chip shop guilds called?
(a) Fish fryer associations.
(b) Chip choppers.
(c) Fish industrial guilds.
(d) The cod parliament.

Short Answer Questions

1. What 1901 convention establishing the three-mile limit was nullified in 1944?

2. In an otter trawl, the bottom opening is maintained by a chain made more mobile by metal _____.

3. Which schooner is now tied up as part of a maritime museum in Nova Scotia?

4. What is a lost net that can continue to fish for as long as five years called?

5. Watertight ship holds with holes for circulating seawater to keep fish alive were called _____.

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