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. Some Christians believed that potato was the _________ matter, while bread was antimatter and even spirit in nature.
(a) Dirt.
(b) Hell.
(c) Base.
(d) Lower.

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) Sprayings.
(b) Waterings.
(c) Deadlines.
(d) Seasons.

3. _______ are substances studied by ethnobotanists and refer to "the god within."
(a) Carcinogens.
(b) Pathogens.
(c) Hallucinogens.
(d) Entheogens.

4. Psychoactive drugs serve as bridges between the worlds of matter and spirit, or in modern language _______and consciousness.
(a) Chemistry.
(b) Geology.
(c) Geometry.
(d) Astronomy.

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

6. 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) Temperature.
(c) Coloring.
(d) Marker gene.

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

8. In order to reduce time and energy spent on growing male sinsemilla plants which are useless, growers started ______.
(a) Killing male plants.
(b) Changing the light patterns.
(c) Using different seeds.
(d) Using clones.

9. _______ is an annual convention and harvest fair sponsored by High Times Magazine that attracts many growers.
(a) The Cannabis Challenge.
(b) The Cannabis Cup.
(c) The Cannabis Chalice.
(d) The Cannabis Contest.

10. 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) Reward.
(b) Response.
(c) Alert.
(d) Failure.

11. ____________ were the ones who seized land from the Irish, causing them to have meager plots of arable land on which to grow.
(a) Greeks.
(b) Roundheads.
(c) Spanish.
(d) English Celts.

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

13. According to the book, drugs that alter the user's perception of time and space are taboo because they disrupt the _______.
(a) Verbal order.
(b) Political order.
(c) Religious order.
(d) Social order.

14. In the book, Pollan was almost caught by the police for growing a couple of ______ plants on his property.
(a) Marijuana.
(b) Datura.
(c) Poppy.
(d) Morning glory.

15. 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.
(a) Truth.
(b) Understanding.
(c) Sublime.
(d) Mystery.

Short Answer Questions

1. Factors restricting the growth of marijuana that indoor gardeners were able to control include the following except _______.

2. The book suggests that the decisions that a culture makes in which plants drugs to promote or prohibit help to ______.

3. The French romantics were said to have experimented with ________ after Napoleon's troops brought it back with them from Egypt.

4. Lenson points out that many people of the past tried to __________ the use of drugs by calling it imagination.

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

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