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

2. In the book, Johnny Appleseed was called a benign _________ of the American Fronteir.
(a) Saint Phillip.
(b) Saint Augustine.
(c) Saint Thomas.
(d) Saint Francis.

3. ______ is the most widely cultivated fruit and has been put into religious stories including that of Adam and Eve.
(a) Banana.
(b) Apple.
(c) Potato.
(d) Peach.

4. The tulip is considered by the author to be the most ______ of flowers, referring especially to the way the flower forces itself out of the ground.
(a) Pathetic.
(b) Androgynous.
(c) Feminine.
(d) Masculine.

5. Pollan asserts that Jews and Christians discouraged devotion to flowers because it was a threat to _______.
(a) Deism.
(b) Polytheism.
(c) Monotheism.
(d) Tropism.

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

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

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

9. Chapman practiced the faith of ______ and was known to launch into sermons when visiting.
(a) Swedenborgism.
(b) Catholocism.
(c) Pessimism.
(d) Protestantism.

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

11. Apple trees are able to reproduce _______ which helps to facilitate their ability to be grafted to a root stock.
(a) Daily.
(b) Periodically.
(c) Sexually.
(d) Asexually.

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

13. ______ is the unit of money used in Holland. After 1635, the price of a bulb of Switzers went from 60 to 1500.
(a) Guilders.
(b) Marks.
(c) Euros.
(d) Dollars.

14. ______ orchard has become a kind of museum for several different apple species dedicated to maintaining the diversity.
(a) Indiana.
(b) Geneva.
(c) Mansfied.
(d) Ohio.

15. The early colonists to America in addition to bringing grafts also brought apple seeds to plant called ______.
(a) Pippins.
(b) Merrys.
(c) Spots.
(d) Cores.

Short Answer Questions

1. The book states that all of the following are capable of prodigies or of shifting themselves in form except _______.

2. _______ is a social ritual of sanctioned craziness and release. It is a way for the community to temporarily indulge its Dionysian urges.

3. The plants that have contributed to the shaping of human existence include all of the following except _______.

4. The process through which humans and plants have shaped each other over the years is known as _______.

5. ________ was an American Pioneer and introduced the apple in the Midwestern United States.

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