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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 book states that before the evolution of flowers, life existed in a much _______ world.
(a) Simpler.
(b) More beautiful.
(c) More complicated.
(d) Faster.

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

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

4. _______ is the tulip grower's term for the phenomenon that causes certain flowers in a field to revert to the form and color of their parent.
(a) Telekinesis.
(b) Metamorphosis.
(c) Tropism.
(d) Thievery.

5. When a buyer of tulips finished the sale, they were required to pay "wijnkoopsgeld" or ______ money.
(a) Breeding.
(b) Wine.
(c) Bulb.
(d) Beer.

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

7. Michael Pollen compares Chapman to the Greek mythological figures _______.
(a) Satyrs.
(b) Centaurs.
(c) Nymphs.
(d) Dryads.

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

9. Appleseed used most of his crops in order to make ______, which led him to be thought of as an 'American Dionysus.'
(a) Apple crisp.
(b) Fermented cider.
(c) Apple pie.
(d) Apple vodka.

10. The book states that the potato plant was stolen from the royal gardens of ______.
(a) Louis X.
(b) Louis IV.
(c) Louis XVI.
(d) Louis V.

11. The flower that is presented as being the symbol of the human desire for beauty is the ______.
(a) Rose.
(b) Lily.
(c) Carnation.
(d) Tulip.

12. 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.

13. ______ is the most widely cultivated fruit and has been put into religious stories including that of Adam and Eve.
(a) Apple.
(b) Peach.
(c) Potato.
(d) Banana.

14. The domestic apple is thought to have derived from a species that originally came from the country ______.
(a) Afghanistan.
(b) Kazakhstan.
(c) Uzbekistan.
(d) Pakistan.

15. One winter, Appleseed set up a house in a _______ outside Defiance, Ohio where he operated a pair of nurseries.
(a) Hollowed-out sycamore stump.
(b) Log cabin.
(c) Airplane hanger.
(d) Swamp.

Short Answer Questions

1. The book suggests that _____ determined the evolution of the flower by valuing 'broken' strains that were sick.

2. The book states that all of the following are capable of prodigies or of shifting themselves in form except _______.

3. Teaching men how to ferment the juice of the grape, ______ had brought civilization the gift of wine.

4. The _____ was linked to the corruption of the Catholic church, while the apple was linked with wholesome Protestantism.

5. Almost all apples grown for eating are cultivars, meaning that they are ______.

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