The Botany of Desire Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

Michael Pollan
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 2.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Before flowers, sexual reproduction consisted of _____ being dispersed by the wind to be caught by other plants.
(a) Petals.
(b) Stamens.
(c) Pollen.
(d) Pistils.

2. The book states that before the evolution of flowers, life existed in a much _______ world.
(a) More beautiful.
(b) Simpler.
(c) Faster.
(d) More complicated.

3. When a buyer of tulips finished the sale, they were required to pay "wijnkoopsgeld" or ______ money.
(a) Beer.
(b) Bulb.
(c) Wine.
(d) Breeding.

4. Johnny Appleseed was famous or infamous for wearing a _______ around wherever he went.
(a) Coffee sack.
(b) Fedora.
(c) Wool coat.
(d) Pair of overalls.

5. The tulip that Pollan has on his desk, a Queen of Night, has no ______, which he indicates is because it is meant to be visual.
(a) Taste.
(b) Leaves.
(c) Scent.
(d) Soil.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the book, Johnny Appleseed was called a benign _________ of the American Fronteir.

2. Michael Pollen compares Chapman to the Greek mythological figures _______.

3. Johnny Appleseed was opposed to using _____ in order to grow trees and preferred planting seeds.

4. ________ was an American Pioneer and introduced the apple in the Midwestern United States.

5. The early colonists to America in addition to bringing grafts also brought apple seeds to plant called ______.

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