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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. Johnny Appleseed raised ______ for sale and subsequent transplantation.
(a) Apple clones.
(b) Apple seeds.
(c) Apple trees.
(d) Apple cuttings.

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

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

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

5. According to the book, species tulips in Turkey typically come in ______ and less commonly in white or yellow.
(a) Blue.
(b) Orange.
(c) Purple.
(d) Red.

6. Appleseed was able to compete with other apple cultivar sales because his trees were ______.
(a) Easily accessible.
(b) High quality.
(c) Low quality.
(d) Cheap.

7. Pollan refers to the _____ as the gothic femme fatale in the masculine world of tulips.
(a) Queen of Night.
(b) Switsers.
(c) Black Dhalia.
(d) Semper Augustus.

8. The book states that beauty in nature is often linked with ______ as evidenced by a bird's plumage.
(a) Food.
(b) Aggression.
(c) Territory.
(d) Sex.

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

10. Michael Pollen compares Chapman to the Greek mythological figures _______.
(a) Nymphs.
(b) Centaurs.
(c) Dryads.
(d) Satyrs.

11. _______ is the name of the black version of the tulip and is as close to black as a flower gets.
(a) Black Dhalia.
(b) Queen of Darkness.
(c) Queen of Despair.
(d) Queen of Night.

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

13. 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.

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

15. The consensus in Holland was that the tulip ______ was the most beautiful flower in the world and a masterpiece.
(a) Semper Augustus.
(b) Queen of Darkness.
(c) Black Dahlia.
(d) Queen of Night.

Short Answer Questions

1. _______ 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.

2. The apple is presented in this book as strongly appealing to humanity's desire for _______.

3. Chapman is known to have floated one hundred miles down the Allegheny river on _______, fast asleep.

4. In an attempt to look like decaying meat, a ______ plant has red and white striated coloring and a rancid smell.

5. The book suggests that _____ determined the evolution of the flower by valuing 'broken' strains that were sick.

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