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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why was the payment the Roman soldiers received called a salary?
(a) They often saved up their money to buy salt mines.
(b) They used their money to buy salt for their families.
(c) They were sometimes paid in salt.
(d) They celebrated their salary with a heavily salted meal.

3. What is the name of the salt lake the Chinese fought over?
(a) Lake Shanxi.
(b) Lake Panieux.
(c) Lake Yuncheng.
(d) Lake Pang.

4. What mammal did the Basque like to hunt?
(a) Bears.
(b) Wolves.
(c) Tigers.
(d) Whales.

5. What food product was particularly popular in Rome and abroad?
(a) Salted fish.
(b) Pickled eggs.
(c) Salted olive.
(d) Pickled gherkin.

6. In what way is Garum similar to soy sauce?
(a) It is a black liquid.
(b) It was used as a medicine.
(c) It contained soy beans.
(d) It was a condiment used to salt food.

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

8. What is the name of the national dish of Poland?
(a) Bigos.
(b) Nakladany Hermelin.
(c) Tartar.
(d) Plethora.

9. What meat were the Celts best known for?
(a) Bacon.
(b) Beef steak.
(c) Tartar steak.
(d) Ham.

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

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

12. Which two vegetables were the most important in central Europe during the Hapsburg dynasty?
(a) Lettuce and carrots.
(b) Coleslaw and baked beans.
(c) Kim-chi and spinach.
(d) Pickles and sauerkraut.

13. What group was the ruling class of Rome?
(a) The plebeians.
(b) The patricians.
(c) The democrats.
(d) The regiments.

14. Which of the following did the Chinese not invent?
(a) The compass.
(b) Gunpowder.
(c) The radio.
(d) Papermaking.

15. Which country invaded the town of Veneto?
(a) Germany.
(b) Norway.
(c) Spain.
(d) Britain.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which culture was known to have a God of Salt?

2. What is the title of Chapter 13?

3. What did Veleia have that helped in the production of salt?

4. What kind of material did the Chinese use for the pipes of the first plumbing systems?

5. How is Yi Dun believed to have made salt?

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