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The Chinese were the first people to combine carbon and iron to make steel. They've been making it since the first century BC in blast furnaces powered by the Asian monsoon winds. Since steel is so durable and strong, they used their invention to craft swords and weapons.

  1. 1. What did the Chinese make out of steel?
    1. a. Silverware
    2. b. Armor
    3. c. Swords and weapons
  2. 2. How were early Chinese furnaces powered?
    1. a. Hurricane
    2. b. Monsoon wind
    3. c. Rain
  3. 3. What two elements go into steel?
    1. a. Gold and silver
    2. b. Carbon and oxygen
    3. c. Carbon and iron