The Botany of Desire Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Michael Pollan
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The domestic apple is thought to have derived from a species that originally came from the country ______.
(a) Pakistan.
(b) Uzbekistan.
(c) Kazakhstan.
(d) Afghanistan.

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

4. Johnny Appleseed was opposed to using _____ in order to grow trees and preferred planting seeds.
(a) Genetic engineering.
(b) Leaves.
(c) Cuttings.
(d) Roots.

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

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

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

8. The Greeks believed that true beauty was the offspring of form and ecstasy personified in ______ and Apollo.
(a) Zeus.
(b) Venus.
(c) Dionysus.
(d) Pan.

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

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

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 Despair.
(c) Queen of Darkness.
(d) Queen of Night.

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

13. Chapman is known to have floated one hundred miles down the Allegheny river on _______, fast asleep.
(a) A raft.
(b) A log.
(c) A canoe.
(d) A block of ice.

14. The book states that the presence of flowers is a reliable predictor of future _____ and therefore was important to humans in the past.
(a) Animals.
(b) Food.
(c) Rain.
(d) Water.

15. The apple does not breed simply from seed. Thus all trees that produce the same type of apples are _______ of the original tree.
(a) Seeds.
(b) Clones.
(c) Leaves.
(d) Roots.

Short Answer Questions

1. ______ orchard has become a kind of museum for several different apple species dedicated to maintaining the diversity.

2. ______ is a sign of health in creatures since mutations and disease can easily disrupt it.

3. In the book, Johnny Appleseed was called a benign _________ of the American Fronteir.

4. Flowers are unable to choose ______ and therefore must rely on extravagant displays to attract insects.

5. Chapman was known to go _______ in all kinds of weather and took it as a matter of pride in his toughness.

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