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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The book states that all of the following are capable of prodigies or of shifting themselves in form except _______.
(a) Tulip.
(b) Rose.
(c) Orchid.
(d) Lotus.

2. The book suggests that the Ottoman ideal of tulip beauty was elegant, sharp, and ________.
(a) Many-colored.
(b) Feminine.
(c) Sensual.
(d) Masculine.

3. The Native Americans that knew Chapman considered him to be a brilliant woodsman and ______.
(a) Farmer.
(b) Guide.
(c) Hunter.
(d) Medicine man.

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

5. Chinese poets likened the blossoms of the peony to a ______.
(a) Man's sexual organs.
(b) Bee's sexual organs.
(c) Woman's sexual organs.
(d) Elephant's sexual organs.

6. Teaching men how to ferment the juice of the grape, ______ had brought civilization the gift of wine.
(a) Dionysus.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Apollo.
(d) Venus.

7. Chapman is known to have floated one hundred miles down the Allegheny river on _______, fast asleep.
(a) A raft.
(b) A log.
(c) A canoe.
(d) A block of ice.

8. Apples were the only avenue early settlers had for obtaining ______, which the Native Americans obtained from Maples.
(a) Vitamin D.
(b) Leaves.
(c) Water.
(d) Sugar.

9. _______ or 'white lightning' preceded hard cider as the alcohol containing drink of choice on the frontier.
(a) Potato liquor.
(b) Potato vodka.
(c) Corn liquor.
(d) Rum.

10. The book states that Johnny Appleseed died in 1845 in _______ Indiana.
(a) Gary.
(b) Brilliant.
(c) Defiance.
(d) Ft. Wayne.

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

12. Clusius brought tulips with him to Leiden garden where they eventually ______ due to their rareness.
(a) Were sold.
(b) Were stolen.
(c) Died.
(d) Were given as gifts.

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

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

15. Since Appleseed raised his trees from seed, most of the fruit was not suitable for _______.
(a) Making cider.
(b) Selling.
(c) Eating.
(d) Composting.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Red and Golden are two forms of North American cultivars of this particular type of apple ______.

3. The book states that almost all cultures around the world love flowers with the notable exception of _______.

4. Flowers have been given the ability to attract other species using a variety of senses except ______.

5. The process through which humans and plants have shaped each other over the years is known as _______.

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