Meat Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers
What is meat?
A: Meat is animal flesh that is eaten as food.
Humans have hunted and killed animals for meat since
A: Prehistoric times.
The advent of civilization allowed the domestication of
animals such as what?
A: Chickens, sheep, rabbits, pigs and cattle.
This eventually led to their use in meat production on
an industrial scale with the aid of what?
Meat is mainly composed of what?
A: Water, protein, and fat.
It is edible raw but is normally eaten after it has
A: Cooked and seasoned or processed in a variety of ways.
Unprocessed meat will spoil or rot within how long?
A: Hours or days as a result of infection with and decomposition by bacteria and fungi.
Meat is important in economy and culture, even though
its mass production and consumption has been determined to pose risks for
A: Human health and the environment.
Many religions have rules about which meat can be what?
vegans may abstain from eating meat
because of what concerns?
A: Concerns about the ethics of eating meat, environmental effects of meat production or nutritional effects of consumption.
Where does the word meat come from?
A: It’s from the Old English word mete, which referred to food in general.
Most often, meat refers to skeletal muscle and
associated fat and other tissues, but it may also describe what?
A: Other edible tissues such as offal.
Meat is sometimes also used in a more restrictive sense
to mean the flesh of what?
A: Mammalian species (pigs, cattle, lambs, etc.) raised and prepared for human consumption, to the exclusion of fish, other seafood, insects, poultry, or other animals.
In the context of food, meat can also refer to what?
A: "the edible part of something as distinguished from its covering (such as a husk or shell)", for example, coconut meat.
Paleontological evidence suggests that meat constituted
a substantial proportion of what?
A: The diet of the earliest humans.
Early hunter-gatherers depended on the organized
hunting of what?
A: Large animals such as bison and deer.
The domestication of animals allowed the systematic
production of meat and the breeding of animals with a view to doing what?
A: Improving meat production.
Sheep, originating from western Asia, were domesticated
with the help of dogs prior to the establishment of settled agriculture,
likely as early as when?
A: The 8th millennium BCE.
Several breeds of sheep were established in ancient
Mesopotamia and Egypt by when?
A: 3500–3000 BCE.
Today, how many breeds of sheep exist?
A: More than 200.
Cattle were domesticated in Mesopotamia after settled
agriculture was established about when?
A: 5000 BCE, and several breeds were established by 2500 BCE.
Modern domesticated cattle fall into what two groups?
A: The groups Bos taurus (European cattle) and Bos taurus indicus (zebu), both descended from the now-extinct aurochs.
The breeding of beef cattle, cattle optimized for meat
production as opposed to animals best suited for work or dairy purposes,
A: In the middle of the 18th century.
Domestic pigs are descended from what?
A: Wild boars.
Where are horses are commonly eaten?
A: In France, Italy, Germany and Japan, among other countries.
Where were horses and other large mammals such as
reindeer hunted during the late Paleolithic?
A: In western Europe.
Where are dogs consumed?
A: In China, South Korea and Vietnam.
Where else are dogs also occasionally eaten?
A: In the Arctic regions.
Where are cats eaten?
A: In Southern China, Peru and sometimes also in Northern Italy.
Where are Guinea pigs raised for their flesh?
A: In the Andes.
Whales and dolphins are hunted, partly for their flesh,
in what countries?
A: Japan, Alaska, Siberia, Canada, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and by two small communities in Indonesia.
Even though it is a very old industry, meat production
continues to be shaped strongly by what?
A: The evolving demands of customers.
The trend towards selling meat in pre-packaged cuts has
increased the demand for what?
A: Larger breeds of cattle, which are better suited to producing such cuts.
Even more animals not previously exploited for their
meat are now being farmed, especially the more agile and mobile species,
whose muscles tend to be what?
A: Better developed than those of cattle, sheep or pigs.
What are some example?
A: Various antelope species, the zebra, water buffalo and camel.
For most of human history, meat was a largely
unquestioned part of what?
A: The human diet.
The founders of Western philosophy disagreed about the
ethics of what?
A: Eating meat.
Plato's Republic has Socrates describe the ideal state
Pythagoras believed that humans and animals were equal
and therefore he what?
A: Disapproved of meat consumption, as did Plutarch.
Aristotle's Politics assert that animals, as inferior
beings, exist for what?
A: To serve humans, including as food.
Descartes wrote that animals are merely what?
A: Animated machines.
Meat consumption varies worldwide, depending on what?
A: Cultural or religious preferences, as well as economic conditions.
Vegetarians and vegans choose not to eat meat because
A: Ethical, economic, environmental, religious or health concerns that are associated with meat production and consumption.
According to the analysis of the FAO the overall
consumption for white meat between 1990 and 2009 has what?
A: Dramatically increased.
How many people include meat in their diet in some
A: Approximately 87%
Experimental reproductive cloning of commercially
important meat animals such as sheep, pig or cattle has been what?
In pig production, sow infertility is a common problem
possibly due to what?
A: Excessive fatness.