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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The apple was first introduced to North America with the initial waves of the ______ immigration.
(a) European.
(b) Canadian.
(c) Middle Eastern.
(d) Mexican.

2. The concept of the apple being a healthy and wholesome fruit was dreamed up to fight the negative image from ______.
(a) The Women's Christian Plant Union.
(b) The Women's Christian Temperance Union.
(c) The Women's Christian Abstinence Union.
(d) The Women's Christian Union.

3. The book suggests that Herbert's view of tulipmania is a parable of utopianism, specifically _______.
(a) Capitalism.
(b) Aparteid.
(c) Socialism.
(d) Communism.

4. In Holland, between 1634 and 1637, there was a collective frenzy around flowers known as ________.
(a) Lilymania.
(b) Rosemania.
(c) Carnationmania.
(d) Tulipmania.

5. Chapman stated that he was promised "a true wife in heaven" and thus he never ______.
(a) Had relationships.
(b) Spoke to women.
(c) Lived at home.
(d) Married.

6. The book suggests that _____ determined the evolution of the flower by valuing 'broken' strains that were sick.
(a) Bees.
(b) Mold.
(c) Humans.
(d) Bacteria.

7. The book states that certain flowers are reminiscent of Greek Gods. The rose and the peony are stated to be flowers of ______.
(a) Zeus.
(b) Apollo.
(c) Dionysus.
(d) Venus.

8. Ralph Waldo Emerson, who knew a thing or two about natural history, called the apple, _______
(a) The best treat.
(b) The Canadian fruit.
(c) The American fruit.
(d) A feeling of home.

9. The book states that almost all cultures around the world love flowers with the notable exception of _______.
(a) Canada.
(b) Africa.
(c) Asia.
(d) Australia.

10. Before flowers, sexual reproduction consisted of _____ being dispersed by the wind to be caught by other plants.
(a) Petals.
(b) Stamens.
(c) Pollen.
(d) Pistils.

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

12. Pollan asserts that Jews and Christians discouraged devotion to flowers because it was a threat to _______.
(a) Monotheism.
(b) Deism.
(c) Tropism.
(d) Polytheism.

13. The tulip is considered by the author to be the most ______ of flowers, referring especially to the way the flower forces itself out of the ground.
(a) Feminine.
(b) Androgynous.
(c) Pathetic.
(d) Masculine.

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

15. Almost all apples grown for eating are cultivars, meaning that they are ______.
(a) Cuttings.
(b) Special seeds.
(c) Hydroponically grown.
(d) Planted into the soil.

Short Answer Questions

1. Johnny Appleseed is generally acknowledged as having planted _______ of apple seeds across a wide range of orchards.

2. _______ is a social ritual of sanctioned craziness and release. It is a way for the community to temporarily indulge its Dionysian urges.

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

4. The domestic apple is thought to have derived from a species that originally came from the country ______.

5. Apples were the only avenue early settlers had for obtaining ______, which the Native Americans obtained from Maples.

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