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Column A and Column B

May 2 2010
Instructions
thumbnail chinese food quiz

Some of the first who ventured to eat Chinese cooking reported back unfavorably—New York journalist Edwin Trafton wrote in Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, "I feel as though I had eaten a rare-done nightmare," after eating a Chinese meal—but the cuisine soon took off. Answer the following questions.


  1. In which of the following areas did early Chinese immigrants typically not find work?
    A.

    Planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables on large farms

    B.

    Constructing roads and railways

    C.

    Taking in laundry

    D.

    Opening stores that imported and sold food and medicine to other Chinese immigrants

    E.

    Opening Chinese restaurants for non-Chinese

    F.

    Working in gold mines


  2. The first restaurant in America aiming to purvey Chinese food to non-Chinese customers opened around:
    A.

    1865

    B.

    1890

    C.

    1920

    D.

    1935


  3. Which of the following is typical fare in China?
    A.

    Chop suey

    B.

    Fortune cookies

    C.

    Chow mein with crunchy noodles

    D.

    Sweet and sour pork


  4. Which of the following were not among the first non-Chinese in America to develop a taste for Chinese food?
    A.

    Young people in New York City looking for novel thrills by “slumming” in Chinatown

    B.

    Irish construction workers who built the Union Pacific Railroad line to the West, who learned about Chinese cooking from the Chinese construction workers on the Central Pacific Railroad

    C.

    Actors, actresses, and other San Franciscans who self-consciously adopted a “Bohemian” lifestyle

    D.

    Policemen and other late-night workers in Chicago who needed something to eat after other restaurants had closed for the night