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Snake oil: Quiz


Question 1: Snake oil is a ________ made from the Chinese water snake (Enhydris chinensis), which is used to treat joint pain.
Traditional Chinese medicineHerbalismPublic health-care in ChinaSevere acute respiratory syndrome

Question 2: However, the most common usage of the phrase is as a derogatory term for compounds offered as medicines that implies that they are fake, ________, quackish, or ineffective.
TortFraudNegligenceNeutral reportage

Question 3: Claims of cures for chronic diseases (for example, ________) for which there are reputedly only symptomatic treatments available from evidence-based medicine are especially common.
Diabetes mellitus type 1Diabetes mellitusDiabetic retinopathyDiabetic ketoacidosis

Question 4: The Chinese water snake (Enhydris chinensis) is the richest known source of EPA, the starting material the body uses to make the series 3 ________.
ProstaglandinEpinephrineProstaglandin analogueOxytocin

Question 5: The expression is also applied metaphorically to any product with exaggerated ________ but questionable or unverifiable quality or benefit.
Business marketingMarketing managementAdvertisingMarketing

Question 6: 75% mostly unidentified carrier material, including ________
CamphorUreaNitric acidMenthol

Question 7: 7% linoleic acid (18:2ω6) plus ________ (20:4ω6)
Eicosapentaenoic acidArachidonic acidEicosanoidProstaglandin

Question 8: Snake oil sold in San Francisco's ________ in 1989 was found [4] to contain:
Chinatowns in AsiaChinatowns in Canada and the United StatesChinatown, ManhattanChinatown

Question 9: There, it was used as a remedy for inflammation and pain in ________, bursitis, and other similar conditions.
Coeliac diseaseReactive arthritisRheumatoid arthritisSystemic lupus erythematosus

Question 10: The Senecas, a tribe in the Eastern United States, were known to use ________ from natural seeps as a liniment for skin ailments.
Petroleum industryPeak oilEnergy developmentPetroleum

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