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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the scientific name for cod?
(a) Mircopterus salmoides floridanus.
(b) Oncorhynchus tshawytscha.
(c) Gadus morhua.
(d) Pomoxis nigromaculatus.

2. According to one theory, the Basques are thought to be the original _____.
(a) Iberians.
(b) Italians.
(c) Portuguese.
(d) Liberians.

3. The colonial governor of New Amsterdam wrote of six-foot _____ in 1649.
(a) Cod.
(b) Turtles.
(c) Lobsters.
(d) Crabs.

4. What were wind-dried whiting wetted with seawater to give them a special taste called?
(a) Finnan haddie.
(b) Speldings.
(c) Kippers.
(d) Salthake.

5. What did the Pilgrims fail to bring to North America that would aid in their survival?
(a) Fishing tackle.
(b) Building tools.
(c) Medicines.
(d) Wool.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Basque language called?

2. What was the French salt tax called?

3. Who offered the English Puritans either Manhattan or Guiana as a place of refuge?

4. What was the premier French fishing port in Newfoundland in the early 16th century?

5. What are cod called after the larval stage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do cod spawn so many eggs?

2. Why were Thorwald and Erik the Red thrown out of Norway and what do they do after that?

3. Why did the cod trade relationship between Britain and Portugal deteriorate in the 16th century?

4. Why were New Englanders first drawn to the Caribbean in terms of trade?

5. How did the Pilgrims finally become good at farming?

6. What type of ocean currents do cod prefer?

7. How did the Vikings survive the desolate landscapes of Greenland and Stoneland?

8. How did the Basques become known for preserving cod?

9. Why did the Royal Fishery accountant, John Collins, publish a book on salt in 1682?

10. Why did Bartholomew Gosnold return to Britain from his voyage in 1602?

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