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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. Johnny Appleseed was famous or infamous for wearing a _______ around wherever he went.
(a) Coffee sack.
(b) Pair of overalls.
(c) Fedora.
(d) Wool coat.

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

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

4. 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) Soil.
(d) Scent.

5. The book states that Johnny Appleseed died in 1845 in _______ Indiana.
(a) Defiance.
(b) Ft. Wayne.
(c) Brilliant.
(d) Gary.

6. Teaching men how to ferment the juice of the grape, ______ had brought civilization the gift of wine.
(a) Venus.
(b) Apollo.
(c) Dionysus.
(d) Zeus.

7. According to the book, the plants that form flowers and then encased seeds are known as ______.
(a) Gymnosperms.
(b) Angiosperms.
(c) Conifers.
(d) Echinoderms.

8. The "broken tulip" was eventually found to be caused by ______ which was discovered with the invention of the electron microscope.
(a) A mold.
(b) A frost.
(c) A bacterium.
(d) A virus.

9. Johnny Appleseed was known for introducing the apple to the following states except _____.
(a) Ohio.
(b) Illinois.
(c) Indiana.
(d) Michigan.

10. The concept of the apple being a healthy and wholesome fruit was dreamed up to fight the negative image from ______.
(a) The Women's Christian Union.
(b) The Women's Christian Abstinence Union.
(c) The Women's Christian Plant Union.
(d) The Women's Christian Temperance Union.

11. Johnny Appleseed is generally acknowledged as having planted _______ of apple seeds across a wide range of orchards.
(a) Thousands.
(b) Hundreds of thousands.
(c) Tens of thousands.
(d) Hundreds.

12. The apple is presented in this book as strongly appealing to humanity's desire for _______.
(a) Tartness.
(b) The perfect fruit.
(c) Love.
(d) Sweetness.

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

14. Chapman stated that he was promised "a true wife in heaven" and thus he never ______.
(a) Married.
(b) Had relationships.
(c) Spoke to women.
(d) Lived at home.

15. ________ was an American Pioneer and introduced the apple in the Midwestern United States.
(a) Phil Forsline.
(b) John Chapman.
(c) William Jones.
(d) John Calhoun.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The plants that form flowers and encased seeds began to emerge on the earth during the _______ period.

3. Instead of wind and water moving genetic material around, the emerging plants were now enlisting the help of ______.

4. Pollan asserts that due to the use of apple grafts from one generation to the next, the apple population has been made____.

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

(see the answer keys)

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