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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. Appleseed was able to compete with other apple cultivar sales because his trees were ______.
(a) Easily accessible.
(b) Cheap.
(c) High quality.
(d) Low quality.

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

3. The book states that the presence of flowers is a reliable predictor of future _____ and therefore was important to humans in the past.
(a) Water.
(b) Rain.
(c) Animals.
(d) Food.

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

5. Almost all apples grown for eating are cultivars, meaning that they are ______.
(a) Planted into the soil.
(b) Special seeds.
(c) Hydroponically grown.
(d) Cuttings.

6. Before flowers, sexual reproduction consisted of _____ being dispersed by the wind to be caught by other plants.
(a) Petals.
(b) Stamens.
(c) Pistils.
(d) Pollen.

7. 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 virus.
(c) A frost.
(d) A bacterium.

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

9. Chapman was known to go _______ in all kinds of weather and took it as a matter of pride in his toughness.
(a) Without a coat.
(b) Barefoot.
(c) Hunting.
(d) Without his hat.

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

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

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

13. The process through which humans and plants have shaped each other over the years is known as _______.
(a) Co-occurence.
(b) Co-emergence.
(c) Co-evolution.
(d) Co-dependence.

14. Appleseed had originally come west from the state of _____ when he was 23 years old.
(a) New York.
(b) Maine.
(c) Massachusetts.
(d) New Hampshire.

15. _______ is the tulip grower's term for the phenomenon that causes certain flowers in a field to revert to the form and color of their parent.
(a) Tropism.
(b) Telekinesis.
(c) Thievery.
(d) Metamorphosis.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Teaching men how to ferment the juice of the grape, ______ had brought civilization the gift of wine.

3. The domestic apple is thought to have derived from a species that originally came from the country ______.

4. 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.

5. In 1812, Chapman ran thirty miles to warn settlers of the approach of troops, a feat known as _______.

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