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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. _______ or 'white lightning' preceded hard cider as the alcohol containing drink of choice on the frontier.
(a) Rum.
(b) Corn liquor.
(c) Potato liquor.
(d) Potato vodka.

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

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

6. ______ 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.

7. The apple does not breed simply from seed. Thus all trees that produce the same type of apples are _______ of the original tree.
(a) Clones.
(b) Roots.
(c) Seeds.
(d) Leaves.

8. The book states that all of the following are capable of prodigies or of shifting themselves in form except _______.
(a) Lotus.
(b) Orchid.
(c) Tulip.
(d) Rose.

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

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

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

12. 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.
(a) Taste.
(b) Scent.
(c) Soil.
(d) Leaves.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. ______, which contains a much higher amount of alcohol than hard cider, could be obtained through freezing.

2. The process through which humans and plants have shaped each other over the years is known as _______.

3. Johnny Appleseed was known for introducing the apple to the following states except _____.

4. Since Appleseed raised his trees from seed, most of the fruit was not suitable for _______.

5. Appleseed had originally come west from the state of _____ when he was 23 years old.

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