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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. Johnny Appleseed was opposed to using _____ in order to grow trees and preferred planting seeds.
(a) Genetic engineering.
(b) Roots.
(c) Cuttings.
(d) Leaves.

2. According to the book, the plants that form flowers and then encased seeds are known as ______.
(a) Conifers.
(b) Angiosperms.
(c) Echinoderms.
(d) Gymnosperms.

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

4. The book states that beauty in nature is often linked with ______ as evidenced by a bird's plumage.
(a) Territory.
(b) Food.
(c) Sex.
(d) Aggression.

5. _______ 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.
(a) Thievery.
(b) Metamorphosis.
(c) Telekinesis.
(d) Tropism.

Short Answer Questions

1. Instead of wind and water moving genetic material around, the emerging plants were now enlisting the help of ______.

2. ________ was an American Pioneer and introduced the apple in the Midwestern United States.

3. Red and Golden are two forms of North American cultivars of this particular type of apple ______.

4. Appleseed used most of his crops in order to make ______, which led him to be thought of as an 'American Dionysus.'

5. Johnny Appleseed was known for introducing the apple to the following states except _____.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did Pollan plant tulip bulbs when he was a child, according to his own reflections?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. What are some of the effects of the chemicals within plants which begin the argument that plants might be designed to change humans?

10. Why does Johnny Appleseed not stay in Brilliant when the people ask him to do so?

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