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

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

3. According to the book, species tulips in Turkey typically come in ______ and less commonly in white or yellow.
(a) Purple.
(b) Red.
(c) Blue.
(d) Orange.

4. Chapman was known to go _______ in all kinds of weather and took it as a matter of pride in his toughness.
(a) Hunting.
(b) Barefoot.
(c) Without his hat.
(d) Without a coat.

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

6. The book states that the devotion to flowers had remnants of _____ nature worship that threatened Judeo-Christian faiths.
(a) Islamic.
(b) Pagan.
(c) Swedenborgian.
(d) Lutheran.

7. The number of leaves that are only a tulip are typically _______. With the "turban" top, this gives them the suggesting of a human body.
(a) Six.
(b) Four.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

8. The early colonists to America in addition to bringing grafts also brought apple seeds to plant called ______.
(a) Merrys.
(b) Pippins.
(c) Spots.
(d) Cores.

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

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

11. _______ is a social ritual of sanctioned craziness and release. It is a way for the community to temporarily indulge its Dionysian urges.
(a) A mass.
(b) A birthday.
(c) A feast.
(d) A carnival.

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

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

14. During the lifetime of Johnny Appleseed, Ohio law required a settler to put out ___ apple or pear trees in order to get a land grant.
(a) 50.
(b) 40.
(c) 30.
(d) 20.

15. 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) Dionysus.
(c) Venus.
(d) Apollo.

Short Answer Questions

1. The apple is presented in this book as strongly appealing to humanity's desire for _______.

2. Appleseed used most of his crops in order to make ______, which led him to be thought of as an 'American Dionysus.'

3. Clusius brought tulips with him to Leiden garden where they eventually ______ due to their rareness.

4. The Greeks believed that true beauty was the offspring of form and ecstasy personified in ______ and Apollo.

5. Pollan asserts that even though daffodils came early in the season, _______ is not a true color for a child.

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