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 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) Leaves.
(c) Soil.
(d) Scent.

2. Chinese poets likened the blossoms of the peony to a ______.
(a) Elephant's sexual organs.
(b) Bee's sexual organs.
(c) Woman's sexual organs.
(d) Man's sexual organs.

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

4. According to the book, there are ______ plants that have shaped human existence at least as much as human's have affected these plants.
(a) Three.
(b) Five.
(c) Six.
(d) Four.

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

6. The book suggests that colors and symmetries are elemental principles of ______.
(a) Size.
(b) Sexual reproduction.
(c) Health.
(d) Beauty.

7. The _____ was linked to the corruption of the Catholic church, while the apple was linked with wholesome Protestantism.
(a) Fig.
(b) Banana.
(c) Peach.
(d) Grape.

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

9. 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) Feminine.
(b) Pathetic.
(c) Androgynous.
(d) Masculine.

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

11. One winter, Appleseed set up a house in a _______ outside Defiance, Ohio where he operated a pair of nurseries.
(a) Swamp.
(b) Hollowed-out sycamore stump.
(c) Airplane hanger.
(d) Log cabin.

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

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

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

15. Apple trees are able to reproduce _______ which helps to facilitate their ability to be grafted to a root stock.
(a) Asexually.
(b) Daily.
(c) Sexually.
(d) Periodically.

Short Answer Questions

1. Petals curving inward to hide its sexual organs, the tulip is ______ among flowers, and somewhat aloof.

2. Chapman was known to go _______ in all kinds of weather and took it as a matter of pride in his toughness.

3. Michael Pollen compares Chapman to the Greek mythological figures _______.

4. The domestic apple is thought to have derived from a species that originally came from the country ______.

5. The "broken tulip" was eventually found to be caused by ______ which was discovered with the invention of the electron microscope.

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