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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 does not breed simply from seed. Thus all trees that produce the same type of apples are _______ of the original tree.
(a) Seeds.
(b) Roots.
(c) Clones.
(d) Leaves.

2. Flowers have been given the ability to attract other species using a variety of senses except ______.
(a) Tactile.
(b) Auditory.
(c) Visual.
(d) Olfactory.

3. The fact that apple seeds do not produce a similar apple as the tree they came from is scientifically called ______.
(a) Heterozygosity.
(b) Protozygosity.
(c) Homozygosity.
(d) Lumozygosity.

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

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

6. According to the book, the plants that form flowers and then encased seeds are known as ______.
(a) Conifers.
(b) Gymnosperms.
(c) Echinoderms.
(d) Angiosperms.

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

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

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

10. Petals curving inward to hide its sexual organs, the tulip is ______ among flowers, and somewhat aloof.
(a) An extrovert.
(b) Extravagant.
(c) A show-off.
(d) An introvert.

11. The consensus in Holland was that the tulip ______ was the most beautiful flower in the world and a masterpiece.
(a) Black Dahlia.
(b) Queen of Night.
(c) Semper Augustus.
(d) Queen of Darkness.

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

13. The opposite condition to the collective flower frenzy in which a person's depression keeps them from enjoying flowers is ______.
(a) Flora-ennui.
(b) Fauna-ennui.
(c) Flower-boredom.
(d) Sensual-boredom.

14. 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 Abstinence Union.
(b) The Women's Christian Plant Union.
(c) The Women's Christian Union.
(d) The Women's Christian Temperance Union.

15. Instead of wind and water moving genetic material around, the emerging plants were now enlisting the help of ______.
(a) Viruses.
(b) Bacteria.
(c) Animals.
(d) Mold.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chinese poets likened the blossoms of the peony to a ______.

2. Probably as a defense to discourage animals from biting into them, apple seeds contain a small amount of _______.

3. Pollan refers to the _____ as the gothic femme fatale in the masculine world of tulips.

4. _______ or 'white lightning' preceded hard cider as the alcohol containing drink of choice on the frontier.

5. Johnny Appleseed was known for introducing the apple to the following states except _____.

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