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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. ________ was an American Pioneer and introduced the apple in the Midwestern United States.
(a) William Jones.
(b) John Chapman.
(c) Phil Forsline.
(d) John Calhoun.

3. _______ 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.

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

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

6. 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.

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

8. Chapman stated that he was promised "a true wife in heaven" and thus he never ______.
(a) Married.
(b) Lived at home.
(c) Had relationships.
(d) Spoke to women.

9. The book states that almost all cultures around the world love flowers with the notable exception of _______.
(a) Australia.
(b) Africa.
(c) Asia.
(d) Canada.

10. Chapman planted 'Johnny weed' because he thought that it would prevent the contraction of ______.
(a) Hayfever.
(b) Polio.
(c) Malaria.
(d) Tuberculosis.

11. Since Appleseed raised his trees from seed, most of the fruit was not suitable for _______.
(a) Selling.
(b) Composting.
(c) Making cider.
(d) Eating.

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

13. Johnny Appleseed is generally acknowledged as having planted _______ of apple seeds across a wide range of orchards.
(a) Hundreds.
(b) Thousands.
(c) Tens of thousands.
(d) Hundreds of thousands.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Ralph Waldo Emerson, who knew a thing or two about natural history, called the apple, _______

2. The color of a tulip is always composed of _____ hues one of which is a base color that is always yellow or white.

3. The book states that before the evolution of flowers, life existed in a much _______ world.

4. According to the book, the word _____ is a corruption of the Turkish word for Turban.

5. Johnny Appleseed raised ______ for sale and subsequent transplantation.

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