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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 opposite condition to the collective flower frenzy in which a person's depression keeps them from enjoying flowers is ______.
(a) Fauna-ennui.
(b) Flower-boredom.
(c) Sensual-boredom.
(d) Flora-ennui.

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

3. Pollan refers to the _____ as the gothic femme fatale in the masculine world of tulips.
(a) Switsers.
(b) Black Dhalia.
(c) Semper Augustus.
(d) Queen of Night.

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

5. Johnny Appleseed was famous or infamous for wearing a _______ around wherever he went.
(a) Pair of overalls.
(b) Wool coat.
(c) Coffee sack.
(d) Fedora.

Short Answer Questions

1. The book suggests that Herbert's view of tulipmania is a parable of utopianism, specifically _______.

2. 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.

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

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

5. The concept of the apple being a healthy and wholesome fruit was dreamed up to fight the negative image from ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Chapman not want to have anything to do with the grafting of apple trees in order to breed certain strains?

2. What is the possible coincidence that Pollan points out between the flowers and their ability to arouse desire in bees?

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

4. What is connection between the plants in the book and their impact on the human society and vice-versa?

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

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

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

8. Who are some of the groups which roamed the Ohio lands long before Johnny Appleseed was there?

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

10. What does the presence of flowers tend to tell a person about the area in which they are walking or traveling?

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