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

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

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

8. 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) Trap.
(c) Refuge.
(d) Study.

9. The book states that although marijuana cultivation is driven to some extent by money, the underlying principle is that of ______.
(a) Horticulture.
(b) Pleasure.
(c) Gardening
(d) Rebellion.

10. Pollan suggests that on a biochemical level, psychoactive plants affect the brain much the way that the following activities except ______ affect it.
(a) Cold showers.
(b) Fasting.
(c) Meditation.
(d) Exercise.

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

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

13. Certain drugs, Pollan states, will cause objects around us to change until they appear as the _________ versions of themselves.
(a) Opposite.
(b) Enjoyable.
(c) Glowing.
(d) Ideal.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The reasons why potatoes did not become popular in Europe at first was because they were thought to cause _________ and immorality.

2. Pollan says that he would call the images of nature and of growing to be the Agricultural ___________, if he did not think it sounded like too much of an oxymoron.

3. Pollan suggests that drugs have both positive and negative qualities. The wine of _______ was both a scourge and a blessing.

4. Genetic ____________ is the catchall term used to describe the various unexpected effects that misplaced or unregulated foreign genes can have in an environment.

5. Psychoactive drugs serve as bridges between the worlds of matter and spirit, or in modern language _______and consciousness.

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