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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. Pollan refers to the _____ as the gothic femme fatale in the masculine world of tulips.
(a) Queen of Night.
(b) Black Dhalia.
(c) Semper Augustus.
(d) Switsers.

2. During the lifetime of Johnny Appleseed, Ohio law required a settler to put out ___ apple or pear trees in order to get a land grant.
(a) 40.
(b) 50.
(c) 20.
(d) 30.

3. Clusius brought tulips with him to Leiden garden where they eventually ______ due to their rareness.
(a) Died.
(b) Were stolen.
(c) Were given as gifts.
(d) Were sold.

4. The fact that apple seeds do not produce a similar apple as the tree they came from is scientifically called ______.
(a) Heterozygosity.
(b) Homozygosity.
(c) Protozygosity.
(d) Lumozygosity.

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

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

7. Petals curving inward to hide its sexual organs, the tulip is ______ among flowers, and somewhat aloof.
(a) An introvert.
(b) A show-off.
(c) Extravagant.
(d) An extrovert.

8. When a buyer of tulips finished the sale, they were required to pay "wijnkoopsgeld" or ______ money.
(a) Wine.
(b) Breeding.
(c) Bulb.
(d) Beer.

9. 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) Scent.
(b) Soil.
(c) Leaves.
(d) Taste.

10. 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.

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

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

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

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

15. The process of trying to impersonate other plants or animals in order to attract or repel is called ______.
(a) Mimicry.
(b) Flattery.
(c) Chemical signaling.
(d) Tropism.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to the book, the tulip is said to have the consciousness of _______, evoking clarity and order.

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

4. The book states that the presence of flowers is a reliable predictor of future _____ and therefore was important to humans in the past.

5. ______ is the most widely cultivated fruit and has been put into religious stories including that of Adam and Eve.

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