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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 known to use a _________ in order to transport his seeds across the water.
(a) Mule.
(b) Row boat.
(c) Two-hulled canoe.
(d) Single-hulled canoe.

2. _______ is a social ritual of sanctioned craziness and release. It is a way for the community to temporarily indulge its Dionysian urges.
(a) A birthday.
(b) A mass.
(c) A carnival.
(d) A feast.

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

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

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

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

7. Apples were the only avenue early settlers had for obtaining ______, which the Native Americans obtained from Maples.
(a) Vitamin D.
(b) Leaves.
(c) Water.
(d) Sugar.

8. The book states that all of the following are capable of prodigies or of shifting themselves in form except _______.
(a) Orchid.
(b) Lotus.
(c) Tulip.
(d) Rose.

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

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

11. The book states that almost all cultures around the world love flowers with the notable exception of _______.
(a) Canada.
(b) Africa.
(c) Asia.
(d) Australia.

12. 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) Scent.
(c) Soil.
(d) Taste.

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

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

15. The Native Americans that knew Chapman considered him to be a brilliant woodsman and ______.
(a) Guide.
(b) Hunter.
(c) Farmer.
(d) Medicine man.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The fact that apple seeds do not produce a similar apple as the tree they came from is scientifically called ______.

3. The book states that certain flowers are reminiscent of Greek Gods. The rose and the peony are stated to be flowers of ______.

4. The book compares tulips in fields to ______ or lipsticks, merely flashes of bright color on the horizon.

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

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