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. The book states that beauty in nature is often linked with ______ as evidenced by a bird's plumage.
(a) Aggression.
(b) Territory.
(c) Sex.
(d) Food.

2. Flowers have been given the ability to attract other species using a variety of senses except ______.
(a) Olfactory.
(b) Visual.
(c) Auditory.
(d) Tactile.

3. Part of the Americanization of the apple had to do with the character of Johnny Appleseed whose real name was ______.
(a) John Calhoun.
(b) John Chapman.
(c) William Jones.
(d) Phil Forsline.

4. The apple is presented in this book as strongly appealing to humanity's desire for _______.
(a) Sweetness.
(b) Love.
(c) The perfect fruit.
(d) Tartness.

5. Pollan asserts that due to the use of apple grafts from one generation to the next, the apple population has been made____.
(a) Weak.
(b) Strong.
(c) More wholesome.
(d) More nutritious.

Short Answer Questions

1. Johnny Appleseed was known to use a _________ in order to transport his seeds across the water.

2. Red and Golden are two forms of North American cultivars of this particular type of apple ______.

3. According to the book, there are ______ plants that have shaped human existence at least as much as human's have affected these plants.

4. Apple trees are able to reproduce _______ which helps to facilitate their ability to be grafted to a root stock.

5. ______ orchard has become a kind of museum for several different apple species dedicated to maintaining the diversity.

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