The Ultimate Do Japanese Monkeys Season Their Food Quiz
by Staff
Do Japanese monkeys season their food? This is not just a question of monkey etiquette. Take this quiz to learn more about why Japanese monkeys eat the way they do.

When did man begin using condiments?

  • 100 B.C.
  • 1000 B.C.
  • 10000 B.C.

When was salt used as a form of currency?

  • pre-historical period
  • in Roman times
  • middle Ages

What challenged the belief that only humans season their food?

  • Researchers found traces of salt together with food remnants in cave inhabited by monkeys.
  • Experimental monkeys showed preferences for particular flavorings.
  • Monkeys were observed repeatedly dipping food into saltwater.

What are macaques?

  • species of Japanese monkeys
  • trees preferred by monkeys
  • Roman salt containers

What makes the macaques unique?

  • smallest monkeys
  • northernmost-dwelling primates
  • live exclusively in trees

What are groups of macaques called?

  • units
  • herds
  • troops

Where do the female macaques prefer to hang out?

  • in the trees
  • on the ground
  • near water

Why are the macaques considered omnivores?

  • eat fruit and green plants
  • eat plants and insects
  • live mainly on insects and small rodents

How are the macaques prepared for the subarctic climate?

  • Their skins are thick.
  • They have thick brown or gray fur.
  • They develop layers of fat to insulate them from the cold.

How would you explain behavioral learning through social interaction?

  • You mimic the behavior of others in a group to fit in better.
  • By observing your friends, you determine how to act in order to lead the group.
  • You learn something new in a social setting and adapt it for yourself.

Where was this phenomenon first observed in nature?

  • Monkeys began washing their food after one of them began the practice.
  • Monkeys saw researchers peeling bananas and began to do so themselves.
  • After seeing humans cutting food, monkeys used twigs to cut soft food.

Twelve years later, what did researchers find?

  • Macaques that did not wash their food were ostracized.
  • New generations of macaques were washing their food.
  • Macaques were washing themselves before eating.

What was an additional aspect of their behavior that surprised the researchers?

  • The monkeys were adding herbage to their food.
  • The monkeys refused to eat food they could not wash.
  • The monkeys were repeatedly dipping food in saltwater.

Why was it that not all the monkeys in the troop washed their food?

  • Females adopted the food habit more than older males.
  • Some monkeys preferred the gritty taste of unwashed food.
  • They could not be bothered, the old way of brushing off the dirt was enough.

How does age affect whether monkeys would wash their food?

  • Older female monkeys are usually ready to try something their daughter is doing.
  • Young monkeys are more likely to try something new.
  • Older male monkeys seeking to appear younger often try something new.

How far has the food washing spread?

  • It spread throughout Japan and the surrounding countries.
  • Although it spread throughout all the islands of the country, it remained a Japanese phenomenon.
  • It is confined to the island where the experiment took place.

What purpose does brain plasticity serve?

  • The plasticity of the brain helps prevent serious damage when the head receives a blow.
  • The brain's plasticity enables multi-tasking.
  • The brain's ability to create new neural connections enables you to acquire new skills.

What happened when researchers tested whether the monkeys would try caramel candy?

  • The older monkeys washed the candy before eating
  • The young monkeys tried the candy.
  • They tried the candy but did not like it since it was sweet and they were used to salty food.

What is the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon?

  • No more than 100 monkeys on the island washed their food, while others declined.
  • After 100 monkeys were washing their food, younger monkeys needed to try something new so they dipped food In saltwater.
  • 100 monkeys needed to wash their food before the practice was widely adopted.

How many monkeys are there in a macaque troop?

  • 20 to 30
  • 30 to 40
  • 40 to 50