Spice City Quiz

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It is the early 1800s and you’ve been placed on a committee to oversee the development of Spice City. Presently, it is a small settlement comprising mainly of farmers and small-business coal miners. The introduction of the steam engine in recent years has boosted the economy and has brought in a wide variety of immigrants and prospective laborers. Your city is rapidly beginning its journey to becoming a central place.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The flood of people into the city has brought with it a demand for more housing. Unfortunately, the city’s infrastructure and economy are not where officials would like it to be to create quality housing. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Do nothing; immigrants can save enough money to either build quality housing for themselves or move into existing housing, and the economy can’t afford to build new houses.

    • B. 

      Cut costs on building materials by building cheap wooden tenement buildings that entire families can stay in for very cheap in low-income areas, although they afford little space per room.

    • C. 

      Incorporate marginally better-built apartments into established higher-income housing areas in the city but charge more for rent to gain back money lost in the construction.

    • D. 

      Establish free housing in neighborhoods designated for immigrant workers with the assumption that the boost they add to the economy will eventually make it possible to develop the neighborhoods further.

  • 2. 
    A revolutionary industry has just been introduced to the city and has sparked an industrial revolution: the petrol industry. The introduction of gas into everyday life has brought with it an entirely new string of factories, but also a new string of environmental issues. The pollution is nowhere near a dangerous level, but officials are pushing for regulations. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Convince officials to wait to implement new laws until the petrol industry has gotten a more substantial foothold.

    • B. 

      Decide to implement regulations specific to reducing water pollution; however, leave out regulations regarding the air pollution because ultimately, contaminated water is more dangerous than smoggy air.

    • C. 

      Decide to implement regulations specific to reducing air pollution; however leave out regulations regarding the water pollution in order to give the industry more of a chance to develop.

    • D. 

      Decide to implement both air and water regulations to provide better quality of life for the citizens.

  • 3. 
    The increased availability of rail lines and steam engines has paved the way for international trade. With a new era of trade on the horizon, people are looking to city officials to create laws that fit it. Right now, your economy cannot keep up with the global trade standards, but there’s a large profit to be made from exports. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Use the new transportation methods for smaller-scale trade and wait for a more opportune economical time to enter the global trade system.

    • B. 

      Decide to tax the citizens of your city and use taxpayers money to pay for international trade.

    • C. 

      Form a trade agreement with neighboring nations, although it may limit your options internationally.

    • D. 

      Decide to tax the imports and not increase the tax rates of the citizens.

  • 4. 
    As your city has begun to attract more migrant workers, industries are booming. However, many laborers have taken notice of the poor working conditions. Some workforces in the industrial businesses have begun to unionize, and many more are demanding new labor laws. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Convince people that, due to the fact that the economy would not benefit from modified laws, there should not be a change in the current regulations.

    • B. 

      Create laws that protect only workers holding citizenship in the industries; exclude any immigrants or guest workers from these benefits in order to keep labor costs lower.

    • C. 

      Decide to enforce and develop laws that ensure the safety of all workers, but reduce the minimum wage in order to compensate for the money lost in improving working conditions.

    • D. 

      To make the people happy, establish several regulations that not only guarantee premium working conditions for all laborers, but also raise the minimum wage by 30% of the original figure.

  • 5. 
    With the increase in industrial power, Spice City has become an urban center. The need for improved and modern infrastructure is obvious as the city expands at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, it does not seem as if there is enough time build the roads and bridges that are in high demand. To begin the process of development, you have decided to build a bridge over the Cayenne River, which cuts through Spice City.  Which of the following describes the process through which you will decide to build the bridge?
    • A. 

      Decide to rush through the building process of the bridge in order to finish it as quickly as possible; the completion of the bridge will allow for money and resources to be used for other projects.

    • B. 

      Implement routine safety checks on the bridge, but only after it has been build; this way, the bridge is still built quickly, but it will be surveyed biannually.

    • C. 

      Establish some regulations regarding safety both during and after the construction of the bridge at the cost of time and resources spent building it. The bridge would have to meet certain requirements in order to be considered complete.

    • D. 

      Dedicate as much time and money as is needed to safely complete the bridge. Other projects couldn’t be undertaken until the bridge is complete, and the regulations would be difficult to meet, but they would guarantee the safety of inhabitants of SPICE City.

  • 6. 
    As new agricultural advances and practices are being developed, the agricultural seasons have grown more plentiful, leaving SPICE City with a surplus of food. There are still many people in the city who are undernourished who are pushing for free food distribution, but the more wealthy are urging officials to save the surplus for a time of widespread need. What do you do?  
    • A. 

      Incorporate the food into markets without storing any because it will drastically lower food prices and satisfy both sides.

    • B. 

      Export most of the surplus to make a profit of it, but keep some in storage, despite the protests of advocates for the poor.

    • C. 

      Save the majority of the food, but start up voluntary businesses like soup kitchens, although it will cost the government profit.

    • D. 

      Distribute the food to the poor and undernourished of the city, although you don’t know what future crops will yield.

  • 7. 
    Your city has entered the late third stage of the epidemiologic transition. Both the birth and death rates of the city are falling and there are fewer children suffering from disease; however, medical advances have still not eradicated most infectious diseases. An outbreak of smallpox has struck the city, and many frightened citizens are urging for quarantined disease zones, although many others find that to be unethical. What do you do?
    • A. 

      In order to avoid potentially dangerous public outrage, let the people decide what becomes of their sick.

    • B. 

      Establish no official quarantine and devote funds to pay doctors to treat the people in the poorer parts of the city who cannot afford treatment otherwise.

    • C. 

      Spend funds on scientists working to develop vaccines, although it may cut into funds for public doctors.

    • D. 

      Enforce a quarantine in order to prevent the disease from causing more harm than it already has.

  • 8. 
    Due to the surplus of food, population in the city has surged to a dangerous level. SPICE City is on the brink of overpopulation, and measures must be taken to either decrease population growth or increase resource production and housing availability. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Announce to the people that overpopulation could become an issue, but don’t implement or enforce any restrictive population policies that could be seen as unjust.

    • B. 

      Implement a law restricting the number of children allowed per household and encourage families to have only one child.

    • C. 

      Establish a financial support benefit for households with only one child.

    • D. 

      Spend money to increase infrastructure (schools, houses, stores, etc.) to support the growing population.

  • 9. 
    Because of the “immorality” of the past century, there has been a nation-wide push for Prohibition laws. The laws have been implemented and enforced for the past year, but despite the intent to cut crime rates, gang violence has flourished with the introduction of the bootlegging industry. Measures must be taken to prevent the rise of organized crime in the city, but the Prohibition laws are still a controversial issue. What do you do?
    • A. 

      Because gang violence is still not within SPICE City’s bureau of investigation, let the violence run its course; doing anything else with the prohibition laws would only result in civilian unrest.

    • B. 

      Repeal the prohibition laws in hopes that with the fall of the bootleg industry, the violence will subside as well.

    • C. 

      Create stricter laws on street violence in hopes of catching gangsters and repeal the prohibition laws, although it may incite agitation.

    • D. 

      Listen to the will of the people and let the prohibition laws remain intact but implement laws that insure the interests of citizens affected by the violence.

  • 10. 
    A fire has consumed the northern sector of the city. This is due to a neighborhood of wooden houses and other buildings, inhabited by less wealthy citizens, being built too close together. Almost one third of the city is in ruins, since the fire spread rapidly, damaging several places before being extinguished. Not only has the fire left a large part of the population homeless, it has also destroyed important institutions, including skyscrapers, business centers, and government buildings. Spice city is on the verge of a financial crisis. How do you keep the economy in tact?
    • A. 

      Decide not to provide insurance to those whose properties were damaged during the fire in favor of spending money on helping the economy recover. If the city is left to rebuild itself, then more money is saved.

    • B. 

      Implement set prices on essentials so that costs don’t skyrocket to a point where people starve, but don’t provide any compensation for property damage. This approach could also involve stricter regulations regarding fire hazards, but few monetary sacrifices.

    • C. 

      Give partial compensation to those whose houses were completely demolished, along with implementing regulations regarding fire safety, as well as set intermediate prices so that store owners can make a profit, but citizens can afford goods. This would result in the quick rebuilding of the city, but less money to help the economy recover.

    • D. 

      In order to help citizens get back up on their feet, provide full compensations for any sort of damage of property. This approach relies on the citizens’ abilities to contribute to the economy and aid it in recovery.