Chemistry: Salts and Soaps

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1. Which of the following best describes salts?
a. Soft and spongy
b. Liquid at room temperature
c. Hard and brittle
d. Easy to bend
e. All of the Above

2. How are salts formed?
a. By the evaporation of water
b. By the neutralization reactions of an acid and a base
c. By the high temperatures of the Earth's core
d. By volitile gases reacting with each other
e. By electromagnetic fields

3. Which of the following is NOT a typical property of a salt?
a. Equal number of anions and cations
b. They dissolve in water
c. They are electrically neutral
d. They are liquids at room temperature
e. They have a relatively high boiling point

4. What is the chemical formula for the compound we call 'table salt'?
a. NaCl
b. H2O
c. CO2
d. NaOH
e. SiO2

5. True or False: Soap is a type of salt.

6. What three things did the Ancient Egyptians mix together to make soap?
a. Ashes, sand, salt water
b. Oil, salt, and animal fat
c. Sand, water, animal fat
d. Milk, grass, and ashes
e. Ashes, animal fat, water

7. What is the modern process to make soaps called?
a. Hydration
b. Saponification
c. Degreasing
d. Soapization
e. Detergentation

8. What compound is the byproduct of the production of soap?
a. Carbon
b. Quartz
c. Glycerol
d. Ammonia
e. Carbon Dioxide

9. How is most of the salt in the world produced?
a. In chemistry labs
b. It is mined from deep inside the Earth
c. It comes from the processing of trees
d. Through the evaporation of ocean water and salt lakes
e. By combining chemicals in giant factories

10. True or False: Detergents work by having molecules that break down grease into smaller components that can be rinsed away.

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