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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) Switsers.
(b) Semper Augustus.
(c) Black Dhalia.
(d) Queen of Night.

2. The book states that the potato plant was stolen from the royal gardens of ______.
(a) Louis IV.
(b) Louis X.
(c) Louis V.
(d) Louis XVI.

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

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

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

6. The book states that certain flowers are reminiscent of Greek Gods. The rose and the peony are stated to be flowers of ______.
(a) Venus.
(b) Dionysus.
(c) Apollo.
(d) Zeus.

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

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

9. _______ 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) Metamorphosis.
(b) Telekinesis.
(c) Tropism.
(d) Thievery.

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

11. ______ orchard has become a kind of museum for several different apple species dedicated to maintaining the diversity.
(a) Mansfied.
(b) Geneva.
(c) Ohio.
(d) Indiana.

12. The plants that have contributed to the shaping of human existence include all of the following except _______.
(a) Potato.
(b) Rose.
(c) Apple.
(d) Marijuana.

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

14. The apple is presented in this book as strongly appealing to humanity's desire for _______.
(a) Tartness.
(b) Love.
(c) The perfect fruit.
(d) Sweetness.

15. In Holland, between 1634 and 1637, there was a collective frenzy around flowers known as ________.
(a) Lilymania.
(b) Rosemania.
(c) Tulipmania.
(d) Carnationmania.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The consensus in Holland was that the tulip ______ was the most beautiful flower in the world and a masterpiece.

3. The _____ was linked to the corruption of the Catholic church, while the apple was linked with wholesome Protestantism.

4. According to the book, the word _____ is a corruption of the Turkish word for Turban.

5. The process of trying to impersonate other plants or animals in order to attract or repel is called ______.

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