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

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

3. The book states that the devotion to flowers had remnants of _____ nature worship that threatened Judeo-Christian faiths.
(a) Pagan.
(b) Lutheran.
(c) Islamic.
(d) Swedenborgian.

4. _______ or 'white lightning' preceded hard cider as the alcohol containing drink of choice on the frontier.
(a) Corn liquor.
(b) Rum.
(c) Potato liquor.
(d) Potato vodka.

5. The book states that before flowers there was no connection between the way things looked and ______.
(a) Reproduction.
(b) Their function.
(c) Desire.
(d) Suvival.

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

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

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

9. One winter, Appleseed set up a house in a _______ outside Defiance, Ohio where he operated a pair of nurseries.
(a) Airplane hanger.
(b) Swamp.
(c) Hollowed-out sycamore stump.
(d) Log cabin.

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

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

12. The consensus in Holland was that the tulip ______ was the most beautiful flower in the world and a masterpiece.
(a) Semper Augustus.
(b) Queen of Darkness.
(c) Black Dahlia.
(d) Queen of Night.

13. ______, which contains a much higher amount of alcohol than hard cider, could be obtained through freezing.
(a) Applejack.
(b) Rum.
(c) Brandy.
(d) Vodka.

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

15. The plants that have contributed to the shaping of human existence include all of the following except _______.
(a) Apple.
(b) Marijuana.
(c) Rose.
(d) Potato.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pollan refers to the _____ as the gothic femme fatale in the masculine world of tulips.

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

3. Johnny Appleseed was famous or infamous for wearing a _______ around wherever he went.

4. Flowers have been given the ability to attract other species using a variety of senses except ______.

5. Michael Pollen compares Chapman to the Greek mythological figures _______.

(see the answer keys)

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