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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. Johnny Appleseed was famous or infamous for wearing a _______ around wherever he went.
(a) Pair of overalls.
(b) Coffee sack.
(c) Fedora.
(d) Wool coat.

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

3. Pollan asserts that Jews and Christians discouraged devotion to flowers because it was a threat to _______.
(a) Tropism.
(b) Monotheism.
(c) Polytheism.
(d) Deism.

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

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

6. Pollan asserts that even though daffodils came early in the season, _______ is not a true color for a child.
(a) Purple.
(b) Red.
(c) Yellow.
(d) Orange.

7. In 1812, Chapman ran thirty miles to warn settlers of the approach of troops, a feat known as _______.
(a) The thirty mile run.
(b) The apple run.
(c) The coffee sack run.
(d) The barefoot run.

8. In the book, Johnny Appleseed was called a benign _________ of the American Fronteir.
(a) Saint Phillip.
(b) Saint Francis.
(c) Saint Augustine.
(d) Saint Thomas.

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

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

12. 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) Two.
(b) Four.
(c) Six.
(d) Three.

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

14. _______ 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) Tropism.
(c) Thievery.
(d) Metamorphosis.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Instead of wind and water moving genetic material around, the emerging plants were now enlisting the help of ______.

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

3. Chapman was credited for introducing 'Johnny weed' or ________, to the state of Ohio.

4. 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.

5. Chapman stated that he was promised "a true wife in heaven" and thus he never ______.

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