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. What is a good place to experiment and a place to try out new plants and techniques without having to risk a lot?
(a) Scientific lab.
(b) Flower pot.
(c) School.
(d) Garden.

2. Some of the farmers who grow potatoes are happy with Monsanto since this means they can skip a few _________, which saves them money.
(a) Waterings.
(b) Seasons.
(c) Deadlines.
(d) Sprayings.

3. The ___________ can serve as a sort of DNA fingerprint if a person wants to determine if a plant is a Monsanto plant.
(a) Marker gene.
(b) Cell structure.
(c) Temperature.
(d) Coloring.

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

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

6. What sort of potato was developed by the Incan people and just one of the many potatoes which used to grow?
(a) Striped.
(b) Gold.
(c) Blue.
(d) Spotted.

7. __________ was what some people in England used to call the potato, which continued its separation from their diet.
(a) Bread root.
(b) Bread pudding.
(c) Dirt root.
(d) Root meal.

8. Into what kind of plant have plant breeders inserted a gene from a firefly, making the plants glow, although for no apparent reason, according to Pollan?
(a) Tobacco.
(b) Potatoes.
(c) Tomatoes.
(d) Spinach.

9. What is second nature to a gardener, who leans that every advance in his control of the garden is also an invitation for disaster?
(a) Ironies.
(b) Mistakes.
(c) Guesses.
(d) Preparations.

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

11. Farmers who plant Bt crops must leave a certain portion of their land for non-Bt crops to provide a ________ for the bugs.
(a) School.
(b) Study.
(c) Trap.
(d) Refuge.

12. Pigeons are associated with the discovery of ______ because of their spacing out behavior after eating the seeds.
(a) Cannabis.
(b) Mistletoe.
(c) Datura.
(d) Tobacco.

13. _________ is one example of a chemical which was tested before it was used, only to find that later on it affected other ecosystems.
(a) Bt.
(b) Neem oil.
(c) Marigolds.
(d) DDT.

14. Pollan believes that the idea of planting and of growing plants causes humans to be filled with a sense of _________.
(a) Peace.
(b) Humility.
(c) Honor.
(d) Power.

15. Who took to wearing potato flowers in her hair in order to encourage the peasants to grow this plant for themselves?
(a) Marie Antoinette.
(b) Catherine the Great.
(c) No one.
(d) Anne Tyler.

Short Answer Questions

1. The book states that one culture's cure all could be another culture's 'root of all evil' also known as ________.

2. When Pollan opened up the package to grow the NewLeaf potatoes, the card stated that he was now ________ to grow the potatoes.

3. Potatoes today are descended from the center of _________ in the Andean altiplano, where wild ancestors grew them.

4. Until the mid-1970s, most of the marijuana in America was grown in _______ and was often sprayed with a pesticide paraquat.

5. ____________ were the ones who seized land from the Irish, causing them to have meager plots of arable land on which to grow.

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