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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 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) Androgynous.
(b) Pathetic.
(c) Feminine.
(d) Masculine.

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

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

4. Since Appleseed raised his trees from seed, most of the fruit was not suitable for _______.
(a) Composting.
(b) Eating.
(c) Selling.
(d) Making cider.

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

6. According to the book, the word _____ is a corruption of the Turkish word for Turban.
(a) Tulip.
(b) Peony.
(c) Orchid.
(d) Rose.

7. According to the book, the tulip is said to have the consciousness of _______, evoking clarity and order.
(a) Apollog.
(b) Venus.
(c) Dionysus.
(d) Zeus.

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

9. The book states that before the evolution of flowers, life existed in a much _______ world.
(a) Faster.
(b) More beautiful.
(c) More complicated.
(d) Simpler.

10. _______ is the name of the black version of the tulip and is as close to black as a flower gets.
(a) Queen of Darkness.
(b) Queen of Despair.
(c) Queen of Night.
(d) Black Dhalia.

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

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

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

14. The opposite condition to the collective flower frenzy in which a person's depression keeps them from enjoying flowers is ______.
(a) Flora-ennui.
(b) Flower-boredom.
(c) Sensual-boredom.
(d) Fauna-ennui.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The apple does not breed simply from seed. Thus all trees that produce the same type of apples are _______ of the original tree.

2. Appleseed used most of his crops in order to make ______, which led him to be thought of as an 'American Dionysus.'

3. Apples were the only avenue early settlers had for obtaining ______, which the Native Americans obtained from Maples.

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

5. The book suggests that _____ determined the evolution of the flower by valuing 'broken' strains that were sick.

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