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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. ________ was an American Pioneer and introduced the apple in the Midwestern United States.
(a) William Jones.
(b) Phil Forsline.
(c) John Calhoun.
(d) John Chapman.

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

3. The book states that the presence of flowers is a reliable predictor of future _____ and therefore was important to humans in the past.
(a) Rain.
(b) Water.
(c) Animals.
(d) Food.

4. ______, which contains a much higher amount of alcohol than hard cider, could be obtained through freezing.
(a) Brandy.
(b) Vodka.
(c) Applejack.
(d) Rum.

5. Chapman practiced the faith of ______ and was known to launch into sermons when visiting.
(a) Pessimism.
(b) Catholocism.
(c) Swedenborgism.
(d) Protestantism.

6. The color of a tulip is always composed of _____ hues one of which is a base color that is always yellow or white.
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) Five.
(d) Four.

7. The book suggests that colors and symmetries are elemental principles of ______.
(a) Health.
(b) Sexual reproduction.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Size.

8. In an attempt to look like decaying meat, a ______ plant has red and white striated coloring and a rancid smell.
(a) Pitcher.
(b) Fly trap.
(c) Orchid.
(d) Catcher.

9. ______ is the unit of money used in Holland. After 1635, the price of a bulb of Switzers went from 60 to 1500.
(a) Dollars.
(b) Marks.
(c) Euros.
(d) Guilders.

10. _______ is a social ritual of sanctioned craziness and release. It is a way for the community to temporarily indulge its Dionysian urges.
(a) A carnival.
(b) A feast.
(c) A mass.
(d) A birthday.

11. The plants that have contributed to the shaping of human existence include all of the following except _______.
(a) Potato.
(b) Apple.
(c) Marijuana.
(d) Rose.

12. Appleseed was able to compete with other apple cultivar sales because his trees were ______.
(a) Easily accessible.
(b) Low quality.
(c) Cheap.
(d) High quality.

13. _______ is the name of the black version of the tulip and is as close to black as a flower gets.
(a) Queen of Night.
(b) Black Dhalia.
(c) Queen of Darkness.
(d) Queen of Despair.

14. Chapman was credited for introducing 'Johnny weed' or ________, to the state of Ohio.
(a) Sweet fennel.
(b) Mayweed.
(c) Stinking fennel.
(d) Wormwood.

15. Red and Golden are two forms of North American cultivars of this particular type of apple ______.
(a) Tasty.
(b) Juicy.
(c) Amazing.
(d) Delicious.

Short Answer Questions

1. The consensus in Holland was that the tulip ______ was the most beautiful flower in the world and a masterpiece.

2. Petals curving inward to hide its sexual organs, the tulip is ______ among flowers, and somewhat aloof.

3. The book states that before the evolution of flowers, life existed in a much _______ world.

4. In Holland, between 1634 and 1637, there was a collective frenzy around flowers known as ________.

5. The book suggests that the Ottoman ideal of tulip beauty was elegant, sharp, and ________.

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