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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How did the plebeians usually make their money?
(a) Through writings.
(b) Through performing.
(c) Through labor work.
(d) Through begging.

3. What is the title of Chapter 15?
(a) The Dean of Salt.
(b) The Creation of a New World.
(c) Preseving Independence.
(d) Popping to the Mine.

4. What meat is Parma famous for producing?
(a) Steak.
(b) Pork chops.
(c) Tartar.
(d) Ham.

5. In which country does the author say he bought the rock?
(a) Italy.
(b) France.
(c) USA.
(d) Spain.

6. What is ketchup named after?
(a) An Indonesian fish.
(b) A Czech engineer.
(c) A British salt miner.
(d) A Chinese philosopher.

7. How does one know if an English town was once a salt producing town?
(a) It has pool at the end of its name.
(b) It has wich at the end of its name.
(c) It has a Cathedral.
(d) It now has closed off mines.

8. Which of the following Italian cities flourished after the fall of Rome?
(a) Milan.
(b) Venice.
(c) Florence.
(d) Naples.

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

10. Which emperor lead the Romans to victory against the Celts?
(a) Caesar.
(b) Augustus.
(c) Pontius.
(d) Circero.

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

12. What did the Romans call the salt they gave out to everybody?
(a) Pleb salt.
(b) Common salt.
(c) The people's salt.
(d) Salt of the earth.

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

14. What two stones does the author say the rock was a cross between?
(a) Soap and quartz.
(b) Sand stone and marble.
(c) Lime stome and quartz.
(d) Marble and soap.

15. What county is the author talking about at the beginning of Chapter 9?
(a) Sweden.
(b) Britain.
(c) France.
(d) Germany.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the salt lake the Chinese fought over?

2. What prevents salt from absorbing into meat?

3. What fish did the Basque find was more valuable than whale meat?

4. Who did the Basques learn shipbuilding from?

5. Which salted dish became particularly popular throughout Europe?

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