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

2. Clarence Birdseye was passing the winter in _____ when he discovered how to freeze food.
(a) Labrador.
(b) Iceland.
(c) Greenland.
(d) Alaska.

3. Which American President issued a proclamation stating that the U.S. had the right to control mineral resources on its continental shelf?
(a) Franklin D. Roosevelt.
(b) Woodrow Wilson.
(c) Harry S. Truman.
(d) Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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

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

6. Who was Canada's biggest competitor in the cod market in the 19th century?
(a) Sweden.
(b) Norway.
(c) Iceland.
(d) Britain.

7. Johann Sigurjonsson is _____ of the Marine Research Institute in Iceland.
(a) Director.
(b) Deputy director.
(c) Lead scientist.
(d) Operations manager.

8. In 1944, Iceland negotiated full independence from _____.
(a) Britain.
(b) Canada.
(c) France.
(d) Denmark.

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

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

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

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

13. Watertight ship holds with holes for circulating seawater to keep fish alive were called _____.
(a) Live cages.
(b) Wet wells.
(c) Keeper holds.
(d) Cod keepers.

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

15. Dorymen's wives made sails for them sewn from _____.
(a) Towels.
(b) Old clothes.
(c) Flour sacks.
(d) Old sheets.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who were infamous on the Grand Banks for the harshness of their working conditions?

2. What were sail-powered draggers called?

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

4. What does the Dutch word "schrode" mean?

5. What is considered a bread substitute in Iceland?

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