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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 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) Fauna-ennui.
(d) Sensual-boredom.

2. The process through which humans and plants have shaped each other over the years is known as _______.
(a) Co-evolution.
(b) Co-dependence.
(c) Co-emergence.
(d) Co-occurence.

3. 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) Taste.
(b) Leaves.
(c) Soil.
(d) Scent.

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

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

6. The book states that all of the following are capable of prodigies or of shifting themselves in form except _______.
(a) Tulip.
(b) Lotus.
(c) Orchid.
(d) Rose.

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

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

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

10. During the lifetime of Johnny Appleseed, Ohio law required a settler to put out ___ apple or pear trees in order to get a land grant.
(a) 30.
(b) 50.
(c) 20.
(d) 40.

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

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

13. Fortius, a professor, could be seen patrolling the streets of the city, ______ any tulip that he encountered.
(a) Digging up.
(b) Picking.
(c) Beating.
(d) Praising.

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

15. The book compares tulips in fields to ______ or lipsticks, merely flashes of bright color on the horizon.
(a) Eyeliner.
(b) Popsickles.
(c) Paintbrushes.
(d) Lollipops.

Short Answer Questions

1. The process of trying to impersonate other plants or animals in order to attract or repel is called ______.

2. Ralph Waldo Emerson, who knew a thing or two about natural history, called the apple, _______

3. Chapman practiced the faith of ______ and was known to launch into sermons when visiting.

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

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

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