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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. What is a good place to experiment and a place to try out new plants and techniques without having to risk a lot?
(a) School.
(b) Flower pot.
(c) Garden.
(d) Scientific lab.

2. According to the book, some counter strategies to these toxins include all of the following except ______.
(a) Heightened memory.
(b) Feeding strategies that minimize ingestion.
(c) Digestive processes that detoxify.
(d) Drying plants in the sun.

3. When Pollan opened up the package to grow the NewLeaf potatoes, the card stated that he was now ________ to grow the potatoes.
(a) Authorized.
(b) Legalized.
(c) Able.
(d) Licensed.

4. The book states that one culture's cure all could be another culture's 'root of all evil' also known as ________.
(a) Panapathogen.
(b) Pangaia.
(c) Panacea.
(d) Pangea.

5. Darwin in his original book about the origin of species was adamant that man does not introduce or produce _____________.
(a) Genetically modified plants.
(b) Variability.
(c) The same breed.
(d) Fertilizer.

Short Answer Questions

1. While the potatoes were unable to provide all of the nutrients a person might need, they could get the Vitamin A from ________.

2. Dave Hjelle from Monstanto tells Pollan something that makes him a little concerned. He says, "______________."

3. ______ is the name given to the state-of-the-art growing regimen that could yield three pounds of sinsemilla in two months' time.

4. Goats are associated with the discovery of _____, when it was observed they became frisky after eating the red berries.

5. According to the book, the human penchant for drugs has allowed people to trip the brain's ______ system washing the brain in 'feel good' chemicals.

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the dangers of the potato, according to Malthus during the time of the rise of the potato?

2. What are the various ingredients which might be used in witches' spells?

3. How does one begin to grow potatoes, according to Pollan in the book?

4. What is the status of marijuana use and growing in Amsterdam, according to Pollan in his book?

5. What are some of the reasons why potatoes were not very popular in Europe around the late 1500s?

6. As the various lands in Europe began to rely on the potato, what were the positive benefits of this situation?

7. What is the rationale that Pollan gives for growing pot as he decides to do when it is not as much of a legal issue?

8. How does Heath avoid the purchases of many inputs on his farm so that he can save money?

9. What causes the Great Potato Famine and the many deaths over the area of Europe?

10. Describe the NewLeaf potatoes that Pollan took in order to grow at his garden.

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