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

2. ______ change the taste of plant flesh on the tongues of certain animals and can render the sweetest fruit sour.
(a) Anthocyanins.
(b) Nicotines.
(c) Flavenoids.
(d) Daturas.

3. Gene flow normally occurs between closely related __________, so it seems that the Monsanto varieties will not spawn superweeds.
(a) Environments.
(b) Lands.
(c) Waters.
(d) Species.

4. What is Pollan not allowed to do with the NewLeaf potatoes at the end of the year, according to the law?
(a) Hide them.
(b) Sell them.
(c) Eat them.
(d) Replant them.

5. When the ___________ harvest failed in England in 1794, it seems that the poor were not going to be able to buy the bread they needed.
(a) Wheat.
(b) Bran.
(c) Rice.
(d) Corn.

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

7. ______ has written two books claiming that consciousness changing is a basic human activity that even children seek out.
(a) Michael Palin.
(b) Deepak Chopra.
(c) Michael Pollan.
(d) Andrew Weil.

8. The book suggests that _______ calls to human desire to alter the textures and contents of our consciousness.
(a) Apples.
(b) Marijuana.
(c) Potatoes.
(d) Tulips.

9. The new potato called "NewLeaf" has been genetically engineered in order to produce its own ______________.
(a) Water.
(b) Peel.
(c) Insecticide.
(d) Food.

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

11. 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.
(a) Alert.
(b) Reward.
(c) Response.
(d) Failure.

12. ________, Pollan believes, is brutally reductive, simplifying nature's incomprehensible complexity to something humanly manageable.
(a) Chemistry.
(b) Sociology.
(c) Science.
(d) Agriculture.

13. ________, Pollan says, is the theme which unifies the questions being raised in agricultural biotechnology.
(a) Effectiveness.
(b) Appeal.
(c) Truth.
(d) Uncertainty.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. _______ are substances studied by ethnobotanists and refer to "the god within."

2. ______ is the name given to the state-of-the-art growing regimen that could yield three pounds of sinsemilla in two months' time.

3. An industrial farmer needs to buy an expensive amount of __________, like chemical fertilizers, machinery, fuel, and pesticides.

4. Some of the farmers who grow potatoes are happy with Monsanto since this means they can skip a few _________, which saves them money.

5. In the book, Pollan was almost caught by the police for growing a couple of ______ plants on his property.

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