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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 known to use a _________ in order to transport his seeds across the water.
(a) Row boat.
(b) Single-hulled canoe.
(c) Two-hulled canoe.
(d) Mule.

2. Red and Golden are two forms of North American cultivars of this particular type of apple ______.
(a) Amazing.
(b) Juicy.
(c) Tasty.
(d) Delicious.

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

4. According to the book, the word _____ is a corruption of the Turkish word for Turban.
(a) Rose.
(b) Peony.
(c) Orchid.
(d) Tulip.

5. ______ orchard has become a kind of museum for several different apple species dedicated to maintaining the diversity.
(a) Indiana.
(b) Ohio.
(c) Geneva.
(d) Mansfied.

Short Answer Questions

1. In an attempt to look like decaying meat, a ______ plant has red and white striated coloring and a rancid smell.

2. The book states that all of the following are capable of prodigies or of shifting themselves in form except _______.

3. According to the book, species tulips in Turkey typically come in ______ and less commonly in white or yellow.

4. In 1812, Chapman ran thirty miles to warn settlers of the approach of troops, a feat known as _______.

5. The process through which humans and plants have shaped each other over the years is known as _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Pollan say about colors that are seen by children, as opposed to colors seen by adults?

4. What is the classic example of coevolution that Pollan presents at the start of the book?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

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