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

2. The book states that the potato plant was stolen from the royal gardens of ______.
(a) Louis XVI.
(b) Louis X.
(c) Louis IV.
(d) Louis V.

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

4. In an attempt to look like decaying meat, a ______ plant has red and white striated coloring and a rancid smell.
(a) Fly trap.
(b) Pitcher.
(c) Orchid.
(d) Catcher.

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

6. The Native Americans that knew Chapman considered him to be a brilliant woodsman and ______.
(a) Medicine man.
(b) Hunter.
(c) Farmer.
(d) Guide.

7. Chinese poets likened the blossoms of the peony to a ______.
(a) Man's sexual organs.
(b) Woman's sexual organs.
(c) Elephant's sexual organs.
(d) Bee's sexual organs.

8. ______ is a sign of health in creatures since mutations and disease can easily disrupt it.
(a) Asymmetry.
(b) Symmetry.
(c) Size.
(d) Color.

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

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

11. The book suggests that Herbert's view of tulipmania is a parable of utopianism, specifically _______.
(a) Socialism.
(b) Aparteid.
(c) Communism.
(d) Capitalism.

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

13. Pollan asserts that even though daffodils came early in the season, _______ is not a true color for a child.
(a) Orange.
(b) Yellow.
(c) Purple.
(d) Red.

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

15. Instead of wind and water moving genetic material around, the emerging plants were now enlisting the help of ______.
(a) Mold.
(b) Animals.
(c) Viruses.
(d) Bacteria.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapman stated that he was promised "a true wife in heaven" and thus he never ______.

2. Fortius, a professor, could be seen patrolling the streets of the city, ______ any tulip that he encountered.

3. Teaching men how to ferment the juice of the grape, ______ had brought civilization the gift of wine.

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

5. The book states that the devotion to flowers had remnants of _____ nature worship that threatened Judeo-Christian faiths.

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