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 apple was first introduced to North America with the initial waves of the ______ immigration.
(a) Canadian.
(b) Middle Eastern.
(c) European.
(d) Mexican.

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

3. According to the book, there are ______ plants that have shaped human existence at least as much as human's have affected these plants.
(a) Three.
(b) Six.
(c) Five.
(d) Four.

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

5. The book states that beauty in nature is often linked with ______ as evidenced by a bird's plumage.
(a) Aggression.
(b) Sex.
(c) Food.
(d) Territory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. The book states that certain flowers are reminiscent of Greek Gods. The rose and the peony are stated to be flowers of ______.
(a) Dionysus.
(b) Venus.
(c) Apollo.
(d) Zeus.

13. 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) Apple vodka.
(c) Fermented cider.
(d) Apple crisp.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The book states that before flowers there was no connection between the way things looked and ______.

2. According to the book, the tulip is said to have the consciousness of _______, evoking clarity and order.

3. ______ is the unit of money used in Holland. After 1635, the price of a bulb of Switzers went from 60 to 1500.

4. Johnny Appleseed is generally acknowledged as having planted _______ of apple seeds across a wide range of orchards.

5. According to the book, species tulips in Turkey typically come in ______ and less commonly in white or yellow.

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