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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 a Cathedral.
(c) It has wich at the end of its name.
(d) It now has closed off mines.

4. What famous drilling technique became the most advance drilling technique for seven or eight centuries?
(a) Hotrod drilling.
(b) Percussion drilling.
(c) Depth drilling.
(d) Capo drilling.

5. Who is Saint Barbara the patron saint of?
(a) German salt traders.
(b) German salt miners.
(c) German sailors.
(d) British sailors.

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

7. How is Yi Dun believed to have made salt?
(a) By soaking the saltstone in drinking water.
(b) By boiling brine in iron pans.
(c) By chipping the salt stone into small pieces.
(d) By leaving brine out in the sun.

8. What culture is the author talking about at the beginning of Chapter 8?
(a) Swedish.
(b) German.
(c) Norwegian.
(d) British.

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. What other country developed a sauce similar to Garum?
(a) Japan.
(b) China.
(c) Vietnam.
(d) Thailand.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the main town of Merseyside?

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

3. What is Parmigiano-Reggiano more commonly known as?

4. Which of the following industries was one of the cornerstones of the Roman economy?

5. Which of the following did the Chinese not invent?

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