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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 Garum sauce trade.
(d) The salted fish trade.

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

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

4. What two groups was Rome divided between?
(a) Gods and men.
(b) Celts and Huns.
(c) Patricians and plebeians.
(d) Normans and Romans.

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

6. What is the name of the process in which the Japanese ferment beans in earthen pots?
(a) Oxidization.
(b) Lactic acid fermentation.
(c) Acidization.
(d) Chloride fermentation.

7. What color would the Celts paint their bodies when fighting?
(a) Red.
(b) Blue.
(c) Pink.
(d) Orange.

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

9. What food is it thought that Marco Polo introduced to Italy?
(a) Pizza.
(b) Chocolate.
(c) Olive oil.
(d) Pasta.

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

11. What Irish dish became the official meat of the British navy?
(a) Corned beef.
(b) Danish bacon.
(c) Cure ham.
(d) Tartar steak.

12. What vegetable did the French peasants serve lean blubber with?
(a) Peas.
(b) Spinach.
(c) Cabbage.
(d) Potatoes.

13. What animal did the Celts prize over all others?
(a) The cow.
(b) The sheep.
(c) The pig.
(d) The dog.

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

15. What is the title of Chapter 5?
(a) Salting it Away in the Adriatic.
(b) Foolish Wanderings in the Dead Sea.
(c) Two Ports and the Prosciutto in Between.
(d) Floating on the water.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what way is Garum similar to soy sauce?

2. What was the most popular fish in Europe between the 16th and 18th century?

3. Who did the Basques learn shipbuilding from?

4. Which of the following countries did the Hapsburgs not rule over?

5. What became the most important salt producing town in England in the 9th century?

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