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. Andrew Weil has referred to marijuana as an _____________ when taking account of the phenomenon.
(a) Inane drug.
(b) Insane mind game.
(c) Idiotic choice.
(d) Active placebo.

2. According to the book, some of the most bitter and "bad" plants are the ones that contain the most powerful _______.
(a) Herbs.
(b) Seeds.
(c) Potions.
(d) Magic.

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

4. 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) Corn.
(b) Bran.
(c) Rice.
(d) Wheat.

5. While the potatoes were unable to provide all of the nutrients a person might need, they could get the Vitamin A from ________.
(a) Peppers.
(b) The sun.
(c) Milk.
(d) Lettuce.

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

7. The Dutch genius for horticulture leftover from the ________ combined with the influx of new seeds.
(a) Night Queen craze.
(b) Tulip craze.
(c) Apple craze.
(d) Rose craze.

8. What needs to be kept artificially high in the clean rooms in order to keep other microbes out?
(a) Room temp.
(b) Light.
(c) Air pressure.
(d) Fans.

9. Factors restricting the growth of marijuana that indoor gardeners were able to control include the following except _______.
(a) Light.
(b) Heat.
(c) Nutrients.
(d) Disease.

10. According to the book, some counter strategies to these toxins include all of the following except ______.
(a) Drying plants in the sun.
(b) Heightened memory.
(c) Digestive processes that detoxify.
(d) Feeding strategies that minimize ingestion.

11. Lenson points out that many people of the past tried to __________ the use of drugs by calling it imagination.
(a) Ignore.
(b) Laugh about.
(c) Sanitize.
(d) Discourage.

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

13. The book suggests that gardens used to be planted as a kind of living _____ that cared little for aesthetics.
(a) Art form.
(b) Mandala.
(c) Apothecary.
(d) Display of beauty.

14. Until the mid-1970s, most of the marijuana in America was grown in _______ and was often sprayed with a pesticide paraquat.
(a) Canada.
(b) Peru.
(c) Mexico.
(d) America.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the book, cannabis is now America's leading _______ with sinsemilla selling for upwards of $500 an ounce.

2. In order to reduce time and energy spent on growing male sinsemilla plants which are useless, growers started ______.

3. John Chapman had the imagination to identify with the _________ in the ecology of the world.

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

5. Some of the ways children have been known to seek this altered state of consciousness include all of the following except______.

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