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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. ______ is a sign of health in creatures since mutations and disease can easily disrupt it.
(a) Size.
(b) Symmetry.
(c) Color.
(d) Asymmetry.

2. The concept of the apple being a healthy and wholesome fruit was dreamed up to fight the negative image from ______.
(a) The Women's Christian Temperance Union.
(b) The Women's Christian Abstinence Union.
(c) The Women's Christian Union.
(d) The Women's Christian Plant Union.

3. Fortius, a professor, could be seen patrolling the streets of the city, ______ any tulip that he encountered.
(a) Picking.
(b) Beating.
(c) Digging up.
(d) Praising.

4. The tulip that Pollan has on his desk, a Queen of Night, has no ______, which he indicates is because it is meant to be visual.
(a) Scent.
(b) Soil.
(c) Leaves.
(d) Taste.

5. Pollan asserts that even though daffodils came early in the season, _______ is not a true color for a child.
(a) Red.
(b) Purple.
(c) Orange.
(d) Yellow.

Short Answer Questions

1. Since Appleseed raised his trees from seed, most of the fruit was not suitable for _______.

2. _______ is the tulip grower's term for the phenomenon that causes certain flowers in a field to revert to the form and color of their parent.

3. The book states that the presence of flowers is a reliable predictor of future _____ and therefore was important to humans in the past.

4. The book states that Johnny Appleseed died in 1845 in _______ Indiana.

5. The _____ was linked to the corruption of the Catholic church, while the apple was linked with wholesome Protestantism.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the way in which the tulip was able to get ahead when it was a part of the Ottoman Empire?

2. What happens when a person cuts an apple at its equator with a sharp knife?

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

4. How does Pollan describe the particular patch of garden versus the plants one finds in nature?

5. What is the question which arises in Pollan's mind when he thinks about planting and growing the potatoes?

6. Why might it be possible to say that the plants are more evolved than humans are at this point in time?

7. What is the aim of Pollan's book in terms of how it talks about the relationship between Man and Nature?

8. What is the origin of the domesticated apple, although this is certainly a point which is up for contention?

9. Why did Jews and Christians have troubles admitting to the beauty of flowers within their celebrations?

10. Why does Pollan says that he thinks tulips really were flowers which were designed for children?

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