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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) Lily.
(b) Tulip.
(c) Rose.
(d) Carnation.

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

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

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

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

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

7. Teaching men how to ferment the juice of the grape, ______ had brought civilization the gift of wine.
(a) Apollo.
(b) Dionysus.
(c) Venus.
(d) Zeus.

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

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

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

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

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

13. Clusius brought tulips with him to Leiden garden where they eventually ______ due to their rareness.
(a) Were stolen.
(b) Were sold.
(c) Were given as gifts.
(d) Died.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When a buyer of tulips finished the sale, they were required to pay "wijnkoopsgeld" or ______ money.

3. The book compares tulips in fields to ______ or lipsticks, merely flashes of bright color on the horizon.

4. Almost all apples grown for eating are cultivars, meaning that they are ______.

5. One winter, Appleseed set up a house in a _______ outside Defiance, Ohio where he operated a pair of nurseries.

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