The Botany of Desire Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Probably as a defense to discourage animals from biting into them, apple seeds contain a small amount of _______.
(a) Cyanide.
(b) Vinegar.
(c) Curare.
(d) Strichnine.

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

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

4. Johnny Appleseed was known for introducing the apple to the following states except _____.
(a) Indiana.
(b) Michigan.
(c) Ohio.
(d) Illinois.

5. According to the book, the tulip is said to have the consciousness of _______, evoking clarity and order.
(a) Zeus.
(b) Apollog.
(c) Venus.
(d) Dionysus.

6. Pollan asserts that due to the use of apple grafts from one generation to the next, the apple population has been made____.
(a) More nutritious.
(b) More wholesome.
(c) Strong.
(d) Weak.

7. The book states that before flowers there was no connection between the way things looked and ______.
(a) Reproduction.
(b) Their function.
(c) Suvival.
(d) Desire.

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

9. The book compares tulips in fields to ______ or lipsticks, merely flashes of bright color on the horizon.
(a) Popsickles.
(b) Eyeliner.
(c) Paintbrushes.
(d) Lollipops.

10. The "broken tulip" was eventually found to be caused by ______ which was discovered with the invention of the electron microscope.
(a) A frost.
(b) A virus.
(c) A bacterium.
(d) A mold.

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

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

13. Johnny Appleseed raised ______ for sale and subsequent transplantation.
(a) Apple trees.
(b) Apple clones.
(c) Apple seeds.
(d) Apple cuttings.

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

15. Johnny Appleseed was known to use a _________ in order to transport his seeds across the water.
(a) Two-hulled canoe.
(b) Mule.
(c) Row boat.
(d) Single-hulled canoe.

Short Answer Questions

1. The tulip that Pollan has on his desk, a Queen of Night, has no ______, which he indicates is because it is meant to be visual.

2. The process of trying to impersonate other plants or animals in order to attract or repel is called ______.

3. Pollan asserts that Jews and Christians discouraged devotion to flowers because it was a threat to _______.

4. The plants that have contributed to the shaping of human existence include all of the following except _______.

5. The apple does not breed simply from seed. Thus all trees that produce the same type of apples are _______ of the original tree.

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