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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the most popular fish in Europe between the 16th and 18th century?
(a) Sardines.
(b) Herring.
(c) Trout.
(d) Cod.

2. On what day did the Catholics ban the eating of meat?
(a) Sundays.
(b) Thurdays.
(c) Fridays.
(d) Mondays.

3. What is Parmigiano-Reggiano more commonly known as?
(a) Parma ham.
(b) Cheddar cheese.
(c) Parmesan cheese.
(d) Stilton cheese.

4. Which was most likely the first civilization to realize salting food could preserve it?
(a) The Romans.
(b) The Greeks.
(c) The Chinese.
(d) The Egyptians.

5. Why were dead bodies so important to the Egyptians?
(a) They were a reminder of how important life is.
(b) They were full of salt.
(c) They needed the bones for sculptures.
(d) They were the vessel which connected life to the afterlife.

6. Why did Egyptian priests abstain from salt?
(a) It was addictive.
(b) It damaged one's skin.
(c) It excited sexual desire.
(d) It killed brain power.

7. What is the title of Chapter 6?
(a) A Sprinkle of Salt Goes a Long Way.
(b) Two Ports and the Prosciutto in Between.
(c) The Salt of the Earth.
(d) Opening the Way for Others.

8. How did the salt wars start?
(a) Satzburg refused to sell salt to foreigners.
(b) Salzburg tried to undercut their salt prices.
(c) Salzburg destroyed their salt mines.
(d) Salzburg closed their borders.

9. Who did the Basques learn shipbuilding from?
(a) The Vikings.
(b) The Spanish.
(c) The British.
(d) The Romans.

10. Which of the following industries was one of the cornerstones of the Roman economy?
(a) The tartar steak trade.
(b) The saltstone trade.
(c) The salted fish trade.
(d) The Garum sauce trade.

11. What turns the brine into salt crystals?
(a) Water drenching.
(b) Photogenis.
(c) Over heating.
(d) Solar evaporation.

12. What the area of Bohemia now called?
(a) Czech Republic.
(b) Slovakia.
(c) Slovenia.
(d) Australia.

13. Which culture was known to have a God of Salt?
(a) The Chinese.
(b) The native Americans.
(c) The Greeks.
(d) The Romans.

14. What had to be done to English bacon before one cooked it?
(a) Hand it out to dry.
(b) Cover it with egg yolk.
(c) Scrub with a cloth.
(d) Dip it in water.

15. For which Italian city did the Barcelonans buy imported salt?
(a) Rome.
(b) Parma.
(c) Florence.
(d) Genoa.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does one know if an English town was once a salt producing town?

2. What culture is the author talking about at the beginning of Chapter 8?

3. What county is the author talking about at the beginning of Chapter 9?

4. Which two vegetables were the most important in central Europe during the Hapsburg dynasty?

5. What is the title of Chapter 15?

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