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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which empire did Marco Polo study for twenty-five years?
(a) The Spanish empire.
(b) The Aztec empire.
(c) The Mongol empire.
(d) The British empire.

2. What is the direct translation of Saltzburg?
(a) Salt town.
(b) Salt lime.
(c) Salt hole.
(d) Salt river.

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

4. What fish did the Basque find was more valuable than whale meat?
(a) Sardines.
(b) Goldfish.
(c) Sole.
(d) Cod.

5. What did the Egyptians mix with Brine to make Oxalme?
(a) Yoghurt.
(b) Vinegar.
(c) Olive oil.
(d) Fennel.

6. What prevents salt from absorbing into meat?
(a) Condensation.
(b) Blood.
(c) Fat.
(d) Bone.

7. On which river are the Salzburg and Hallein salt mines located?
(a) The Thames.
(b) The Riveria.
(c) The Danube.
(d) The Vltavska.

8. Who is known as the most famous of Genoese sailors?
(a) Marco Polo.
(b) Arraggi Sacchi.
(c) Christopher Columbus.
(d) Fernando Torres.

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

10. How do the Chinese refer to the system of harvesting the square crystals on the surface of the water?
(a) Dragging and gathering.
(b) Chipping and licking.
(c) Filing and combing.
(d) Carving and holing.

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

12. Which country does the author write about in Chapter 12?
(a) Germany.
(b) France.
(c) Japan.
(d) USA.

13. What do the French age their cheese in?
(a) Barrels.
(b) Boxes.
(c) Catacombs.
(d) Coffee jars.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is ketchup named after?

3. What do Parma locals combine milk curds with to make their cheese?

4. How did the plebeians usually make their money?

5. What the area of Bohemia now called?

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