The Botany of Desire Short Essay - Answer Key

Michael Pollan
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1. What is connection between the plants in the book and their impact on the human society and vice-versa?

The four plants mentioned in the book are viewed as shaping human evolution and in turn, humans have also shaped the evolution of the plants.

2. Who is John Chapman and what is his importance in the course of the history of the apply?

John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, helped to spread the apple in America by planting rows upon rows of the seeds.

3. What is the main reason why the apple is presented in a book about the idea of desire? How does the apple relate to desire?

The apple, Pollan believes, strongly appeals to a human's desire for sweetness in their lives and in their diets.

4. What is the classic example of coevolution that Pollan presents at the start of the book?

The classic example of coevolution is the relationship between the bees and the flowers, where each benefits and grows from the actions of the other.

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