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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. _______ is a social ritual of sanctioned craziness and release. It is a way for the community to temporarily indulge its Dionysian urges.
(a) A carnival.
(b) A birthday.
(c) A mass.
(d) A feast.

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

4. Johnny Appleseed was known to use a _________ in order to transport his seeds across the water.
(a) Two-hulled canoe.
(b) Mule.
(c) Row boat.
(d) Single-hulled canoe.

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) Leaves.
(b) Clones.
(c) Roots.
(d) Seeds.

6. Flowers are unable to choose ______ and therefore must rely on extravagant displays to attract insects.
(a) Soil.
(b) Mates.
(c) Climate.
(d) Weather.

7. 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 bacterium.
(c) A virus.
(d) A mold.

8. The book states that Johnny Appleseed died in 1845 in _______ Indiana.
(a) Gary.
(b) Ft. Wayne.
(c) Defiance.
(d) Brilliant.

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

10. The process of trying to impersonate other plants or animals in order to attract or repel is called ______.
(a) Tropism.
(b) Chemical signaling.
(c) Flattery.
(d) Mimicry.

11. In Holland, between 1634 and 1637, there was a collective frenzy around flowers known as ________.
(a) Carnationmania.
(b) Rosemania.
(c) Lilymania.
(d) Tulipmania.

12. 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.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The book states that almost all cultures around the world love flowers with the notable exception of _______.

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

3. The plants that form flowers and encased seeds began to emerge on the earth during the _______ period.

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

5. The consensus in Holland was that the tulip ______ was the most beautiful flower in the world and a masterpiece.

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