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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The tulip is considered by the author to be the most ______ of flowers, referring especially to the way the flower forces itself out of the ground.
(a) Androgynous.
(b) Feminine.
(c) Pathetic.
(d) Masculine.

2. The "broken tulip" was eventually found to be caused by ______ which was discovered with the invention of the electron microscope.
(a) A frost.
(b) A mold.
(c) A bacterium.
(d) A virus.

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

4. Johnny Appleseed was opposed to using _____ in order to grow trees and preferred planting seeds.
(a) Genetic engineering.
(b) Cuttings.
(c) Roots.
(d) Leaves.

5. ______ is the unit of money used in Holland. After 1635, the price of a bulb of Switzers went from 60 to 1500.
(a) Marks.
(b) Guilders.
(c) Euros.
(d) Dollars.

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

7. The color of a tulip is always composed of _____ hues one of which is a base color that is always yellow or white.
(a) Three.
(b) Four.
(c) Five.
(d) Two.

8. 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) Soil.
(b) Scent.
(c) Leaves.
(d) Taste.

9. The opposite condition to the collective flower frenzy in which a person's depression keeps them from enjoying flowers is ______.
(a) Flora-ennui.
(b) Fauna-ennui.
(c) Flower-boredom.
(d) Sensual-boredom.

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

11. 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) 30.
(b) 50.
(c) 40.
(d) 20.

12. The book compares tulips in fields to ______ or lipsticks, merely flashes of bright color on the horizon.
(a) Popsickles.
(b) Eyeliner.
(c) Lollipops.
(d) Paintbrushes.

13. The apple was first introduced to North America with the initial waves of the ______ immigration.
(a) Middle Eastern.
(b) Mexican.
(c) European.
(d) Canadian.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The number of leaves that are only a tulip are typically _______. With the "turban" top, this gives them the suggesting of a human body.

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

3. Fortius, a professor, could be seen patrolling the streets of the city, ______ any tulip that he encountered.

4. The process of trying to impersonate other plants or animals in order to attract or repel is called ______.

5. One winter, Appleseed set up a house in a _______ outside Defiance, Ohio where he operated a pair of nurseries.

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