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Michael Pollan
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The tulip is considered by the author to be the most ______ of flowers, referring especially to the way the flower forces itself out of the ground.
(a) Feminine.
(b) Masculine.
(c) Androgynous.
(d) Pathetic.

2. The book states that all of the following are capable of prodigies or of shifting themselves in form except _______.
(a) Orchid.
(b) Lotus.
(c) Rose.
(d) Tulip.

3. Michael Pollen compares Chapman to the Greek mythological figures _______.
(a) Satyrs.
(b) Centaurs.
(c) Dryads.
(d) Nymphs.

4. The book states that the potato plant was stolen from the royal gardens of ______.
(a) Louis X.
(b) Louis V.
(c) Louis XVI.
(d) Louis IV.

5. The book states that the devotion to flowers had remnants of _____ nature worship that threatened Judeo-Christian faiths.
(a) Islamic.
(b) Lutheran.
(c) Pagan.
(d) Swedenborgian.

Short Answer Questions

1. Chapman was known to go _______ in all kinds of weather and took it as a matter of pride in his toughness.

2. Apples were the only avenue early settlers had for obtaining ______, which the Native Americans obtained from Maples.

3. The flower that is presented as being the symbol of the human desire for beauty is the ______.

4. Teaching men how to ferment the juice of the grape, ______ had brought civilization the gift of wine.

5. The number of leaves that are only a tulip are typically _______. With the "turban" top, this gives them the suggesting of a human body.

Short Essay Questions

1. Pollan points out there may or may not be a correlation between the beautiful and the good. What does he think there is probably a correlation between?

2. What happens as a result of the different environments in which a flower might be able to grow?

3. What does Pollan find to be mythical about the story of Johnny Appleseed, although it is a true story?

4. Who is John Chapman and what is his importance in the course of the history of the apply?

5. What are some of the ways in which flowers have been created to attract the attention of humans, according to Pollan?

6. What did the Ottoman Turks discover about the wild tulips they found during one of their trips?

7. What are the colors and the shapes of flowers designed to do, according to some scientists?

8. What are the four important classes of domesticated plants which influenced the way in which Pollan chose the plants for the book?

9. What does Pollan have to say about his tendency to speculate and about the connection between flowers and speculation?

10. What is the main reason why the apple is presented in a book about the idea of desire? How does the apple relate to desire?

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