The Botany of Desire Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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. Probably as a defense to discourage animals from biting into them, apple seeds contain a small amount of _______.
(a) Strichnine.
(b) Curare.
(c) Vinegar.
(d) Cyanide.

2. Michael Pollen compares Chapman to the Greek mythological figures _______.
(a) Nymphs.
(b) Satyrs.
(c) Dryads.
(d) Centaurs.

3. The "broken tulip" was eventually found to be caused by ______ which was discovered with the invention of the electron microscope.
(a) A frost.
(b) A bacterium.
(c) A virus.
(d) A mold.

4. Johnny Appleseed was known for introducing the apple to the following states except _____.
(a) Ohio.
(b) Michigan.
(c) Illinois.
(d) Indiana.

5. Johnny Appleseed is generally acknowledged as having planted _______ of apple seeds across a wide range of orchards.
(a) Tens of thousands.
(b) Hundreds.
(c) Thousands.
(d) Hundreds of thousands.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who took to wearing potato flowers in her hair in order to encourage the peasants to grow this plant for themselves?

2. The process of trying to impersonate other plants or animals in order to attract or repel is called ______.

3. ______ change the taste of plant flesh on the tongues of certain animals and can render the sweetest fruit sour.

4. The book states that Johnny Appleseed died in 1845 in _______ Indiana.

5. According to the book, the plants that form flowers and then encased seeds are known as ______.

(see the answer key)

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