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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The flower that is presented as being the symbol of the human desire for beauty is the ______.
(a) Rose.
(b) Lily.
(c) Carnation.
(d) Tulip.

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

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

4. Petals curving inward to hide its sexual organs, the tulip is ______ among flowers, and somewhat aloof.
(a) A show-off.
(b) An extrovert.
(c) An introvert.
(d) Extravagant.

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

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

7. The plants that form flowers and encased seeds began to emerge on the earth during the _______ period.
(a) Cretaceous.
(b) Jurassic.
(c) Triassic.
(d) Vegetative.

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

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

10. Johnny Appleseed was famous or infamous for wearing a _______ around wherever he went.
(a) Fedora.
(b) Pair of overalls.
(c) Coffee sack.
(d) Wool coat.

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

12. _______ is the tulip grower's term for the phenomenon that causes certain flowers in a field to revert to the form and color of their parent.
(a) Telekinesis.
(b) Metamorphosis.
(c) Thievery.
(d) Tropism.

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

14. Chapman was known to go _______ in all kinds of weather and took it as a matter of pride in his toughness.
(a) Without his hat.
(b) Hunting.
(c) Without a coat.
(d) Barefoot.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Probably as a defense to discourage animals from biting into them, apple seeds contain a small amount of _______.

2. Pollan refers to the _____ as the gothic femme fatale in the masculine world of tulips.

3. The plants that have contributed to the shaping of human existence include all of the following except _______.

4. ______ is a sign of health in creatures since mutations and disease can easily disrupt it.

5. _______ is a social ritual of sanctioned craziness and release. It is a way for the community to temporarily indulge its Dionysian urges.

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