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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why were dead bodies so important to the Egyptians?
(a) They were a reminder of how important life is.
(b) They were the vessel which connected life to the afterlife.
(c) They needed the bones for sculptures.
(d) They were full of salt.

3. Which Spanish town does the author mention in this section?
(a) Cordelia.
(b) Cardona.
(c) Goylaya.
(d) Genoa.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which empire did Marco Polo study for twenty-five years?

2. Which Chinese river is known as the father of floods?

3. What two groups was Rome divided between?

4. Which salted dish became particularly popular throughout Europe?

5. Why was cod such an important find?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did pilgrims in New England rely so heavily on salt?

2. What did Marco Polo do while in Mongolia?

3. In what way was meat an essential part of central Europe rather than salt?

4. How do the people of Parma make their cheese?

5. What did the Japanese used to believe about salt?

6. How did ketchup develop into tomato ketchup?

7. How did the Basques earn their fortune before the discovery of salt?

8. Why did the author become fascinated by salt?

9. How did salt help the Swedes economically?

10. In what way can American history be described as a constant struggle over salt?

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