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

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

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

4. Red and Golden are two forms of North American cultivars of this particular type of apple ______.
(a) Tasty.
(b) Delicious.
(c) Amazing.
(d) Juicy.

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

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. Pollan asserts that Jews and Christians discouraged devotion to flowers because it was a threat to _______.
(a) Monotheism.
(b) Deism.
(c) Polytheism.
(d) Tropism.

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

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

10. Appleseed used most of his crops in order to make ______, which led him to be thought of as an 'American Dionysus.'
(a) Apple vodka.
(b) Fermented cider.
(c) Apple pie.
(d) Apple crisp.

11. Chapman practiced the faith of ______ and was known to launch into sermons when visiting.
(a) Protestantism.
(b) Swedenborgism.
(c) Pessimism.
(d) Catholocism.

12. The book suggests that _____ determined the evolution of the flower by valuing 'broken' strains that were sick.
(a) Bees.
(b) Bacteria.
(c) Mold.
(d) Humans.

13. 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.

14. According to the book, the word _____ is a corruption of the Turkish word for Turban.
(a) Rose.
(b) Peony.
(c) Orchid.
(d) Tulip.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Johnny Appleseed was known to use a _________ in order to transport his seeds across the water.

2. Johnny Appleseed was famous or infamous for wearing a _______ around wherever he went.

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

4. The book states that certain flowers are reminiscent of Greek Gods. The rose and the peony are stated to be flowers of ______.

5. Part of the Americanization of the apple had to do with the character of Johnny Appleseed whose real name was ______.

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