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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In 1812, Chapman ran thirty miles to warn settlers of the approach of troops, a feat known as _______.
(a) The barefoot run.
(b) The coffee sack run.
(c) The apple run.
(d) The thirty mile run.

2. Chinese poets likened the blossoms of the peony to a ______.
(a) Man's sexual organs.
(b) Elephant's sexual organs.
(c) Woman's sexual organs.
(d) Bee's sexual organs.

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

4. The book suggests that the Ottoman ideal of tulip beauty was elegant, sharp, and ________.
(a) Sensual.
(b) Feminine.
(c) Many-colored.
(d) Masculine.

5. The plants that form flowers and encased seeds began to emerge on the earth during the _______ period.
(a) Vegetative.
(b) Jurassic.
(c) Cretaceous.
(d) Triassic.

6. The book suggests that _____ determined the evolution of the flower by valuing 'broken' strains that were sick.
(a) Bees.
(b) Bacteria.
(c) Mold.
(d) Humans.

7. Chapman planted 'Johnny weed' because he thought that it would prevent the contraction of ______.
(a) Malaria.
(b) Polio.
(c) Tuberculosis.
(d) Hayfever.

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

9. Red and Golden are two forms of North American cultivars of this particular type of apple ______.
(a) Juicy.
(b) Delicious.
(c) Tasty.
(d) Amazing.

10. Part of the Americanization of the apple had to do with the character of Johnny Appleseed whose real name was ______.
(a) Phil Forsline.
(b) John Calhoun.
(c) John Chapman.
(d) William Jones.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The apple was first introduced to North America with the initial waves of the ______ immigration.

2. Chapman was credited for introducing 'Johnny weed' or ________, to the state of Ohio.

3. The book states that before flowers there was no connection between the way things looked and ______.

4. Johnny Appleseed was known for introducing the apple to the following states except _____.

5. Chapman is known to have floated one hundred miles down the Allegheny river on _______, fast asleep.

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