The Botany of Desire Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

Michael Pollan
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. ________, Pollan believes, is brutally reductive, simplifying nature's incomprehensible complexity to something humanly manageable.
(a) Agriculture.
(b) Science.
(c) Chemistry.
(d) Sociology.

2. ______ orchard has become a kind of museum for several different apple species dedicated to maintaining the diversity.
(a) Ohio.
(b) Geneva.
(c) Mansfied.
(d) Indiana.

3. Fortius, a professor, could be seen patrolling the streets of the city, ______ any tulip that he encountered.
(a) Praising.
(b) Beating.
(c) Digging up.
(d) Picking.

4. For the first time in history, the __________ of a plant is being domesticated by humans and by the scientific changes of humans.
(a) Genome.
(b) Chemical structure.
(c) Color.
(d) Taste.

5. A growing technique which requires few tools and and a minimal amount of labor is called a ___________.
(a) Sleepy bed.
(b) Easy bed.
(c) Lazy bed.
(d) True bed.

Short Answer Questions

1. Almost all apples grown for eating are cultivars, meaning that they are ______.

2. Johnny Appleseed was known for introducing the apple to the following states except _____.

3. Pollan refers to the _____ as the gothic femme fatale in the masculine world of tulips.

4. The book suggests that colors and symmetries are elemental principles of ______.

5. Peruvian legend has it that _____ are associated with the discovery of quinine through eating the bark of the cinchona tree.

(see the answer key)

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