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

2. Johnny Appleseed was opposed to using _____ in order to grow trees and preferred planting seeds.
(a) Leaves.
(b) Cuttings.
(c) Roots.
(d) Genetic engineering.

3. The book states that before the evolution of flowers, life existed in a much _______ world.
(a) More beautiful.
(b) Simpler.
(c) Faster.
(d) More complicated.

4. Since Appleseed raised his trees from seed, most of the fruit was not suitable for _______.
(a) Making cider.
(b) Selling.
(c) Eating.
(d) Composting.

5. Ralph Waldo Emerson, who knew a thing or two about natural history, called the apple, _______
(a) A feeling of home.
(b) The Canadian fruit.
(c) The best treat.
(d) The American fruit.

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

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

8. The Greeks believed that true beauty was the offspring of form and ecstasy personified in ______ and Apollo.
(a) Zeus.
(b) Venus.
(c) Dionysus.
(d) Pan.

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

10. ______ is the most widely cultivated fruit and has been put into religious stories including that of Adam and Eve.
(a) Apple.
(b) Potato.
(c) Peach.
(d) Banana.

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

12. Chapman practiced the faith of ______ and was known to launch into sermons when visiting.
(a) Pessimism.
(b) Swedenborgism.
(c) Catholocism.
(d) Protestantism.

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

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

15. The flower that is presented as being the symbol of the human desire for beauty is the ______.
(a) Tulip.
(b) Carnation.
(c) Rose.
(d) Lily.

Short Answer Questions

1. ______ orchard has become a kind of museum for several different apple species dedicated to maintaining the diversity.

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

3. The apple is presented in this book as strongly appealing to humanity's desire for _______.

4. In an attempt to look like decaying meat, a ______ plant has red and white striated coloring and a rancid smell.

5. Michael Pollen compares Chapman to the Greek mythological figures _______.

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