The Botany of Desire Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Dependence on the potato had made the ________ vulnerable to the perils of the economy as well as to those of nature.
(a) Spanish.
(b) Irish.
(c) English.
(d) Germans.

2. For the first time in history, the __________ of a plant is being domesticated by humans and by the scientific changes of humans.
(a) Chemical structure.
(b) Genome.
(c) Color.
(d) Taste.

3. Peruvian legend has it that _____ are associated with the discovery of quinine through eating the bark of the cinchona tree.
(a) Jaguars.
(b) Pumas.
(c) Toucans.
(d) Macaws.

4. Dave Hjelle from Monstanto tells Pollan something that makes him a little concerned. He says, "______________."
(a) I'm worried too.
(b) No problem.
(c) Trust us.
(d) It's problematic.

5. The books suggests that all of the following are successful defenses plants have adopted except _______.
(a) Repel.
(b) Death-dealing toxins.
(c) Disable.
(d) Confound.

6. According to the book, _____ are the only people on Earth who do not have a practice of using psychoactive plants to change consciousness.
(a) Eskimos.
(b) Australians.
(c) Icelandic people.
(d) Africans.

7. A _______ is one that is used for getting cuttings. Like the apples, the result of the impact of this may be detrimental to the species.
(a) Father plant.
(b) Sister plant.
(c) Mother plant.
(d) Brother plant.

8. When Pollan opened up the package to grow the NewLeaf potatoes, the card stated that he was now ________ to grow the potatoes.
(a) Licensed.
(b) Legalized.
(c) Able.
(d) Authorized.

9. The French romantics were said to have experimented with ________ after Napoleon's troops brought it back with them from Egypt.
(a) Cocaine.
(b) Marijuana.
(c) Opium.
(d) Speed.

10. Tukano Indians in the Amazon noticed Jaguars eating a vine, which was atypical for them and helped the Indians discover ______.
(a) Mistletoe.
(b) Yaje.
(c) Datura.
(d) Cannabis.

11. The weedy _________ potatoes on the edges of Andean farms caused changes in the strains of potatoes which would grow.
(a) White.
(b) Green.
(c) Dark.
(d) Wild.

12. ______ present in species such as the wild parsnip cause the animals that eat it to burn in the sun.
(a) Flavenoids.
(b) Anthocyanins.
(c) Photosensitizers.
(d) Photosynthesizers.

13. Darwin in his original book about the origin of species was adamant that man does not introduce or produce _____________.
(a) Genetically modified plants.
(b) Fertilizer.
(c) Variability.
(d) The same breed.

14. American hippies sometimes traveled the _______ in Afghanistan and returned with seeds of Cannabis Indica.
(a) The Bud Trail.
(b) The Hashish Trail.
(c) The Hemp Trail.
(d) The Indica Trail.

15. ______ is the name given to the state-of-the-art growing regimen that could yield three pounds of sinsemilla in two months' time.
(a) Ocean of Green.
(b) Lake of Green.
(c) Pool of Green.
(d) Sea of Green.

Short Answer Questions

1. ______ has written two books claiming that consciousness changing is a basic human activity that even children seek out.

2. According to the book, some of the most bitter and "bad" plants are the ones that contain the most powerful _______.

3. A growing technique which requires few tools and and a minimal amount of labor is called a ___________.

4. The book suggests that gardens used to be planted as a kind of living _____ that cared little for aesthetics.

5. According to the book, the human penchant for drugs has allowed people to trip the brain's ______ system washing the brain in 'feel good' chemicals.

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