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

2. Pollan suggests that on a biochemical level, psychoactive plants affect the brain much the way that the following activities except ______ affect it.
(a) Exercise.
(b) Meditation.
(c) Fasting.
(d) Cold showers.

3. Some of the ways children have been known to seek this altered state of consciousness include all of the following except______.
(a) Jumping out of trees.
(b) Eating processed sugar.
(c) Spinning until violently dizzy.
(d) Deliberately hyperventilating.

4. In the book, Pollan was almost caught by the police for growing a couple of ______ plants on his property.
(a) Poppy.
(b) Datura.
(c) Marijuana.
(d) Morning glory.

5. Farmers who plant Bt crops must leave a certain portion of their land for non-Bt crops to provide a ________ for the bugs.
(a) School.
(b) Refuge.
(c) Study.
(d) Trap.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the book, _____ are the only people on Earth who do not have a practice of using psychoactive plants to change consciousness.

2. The book states that the effect of making pot illegal was that the counterculture engaged in _______the plant.

3. What is a good place to experiment and a place to try out new plants and techniques without having to risk a lot?

4. According to the book, some counter strategies to these toxins include all of the following except ______.

5. Pigeons are associated with the discovery of ______ because of their spacing out behavior after eating the seeds.

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Heath have to say about Pollan's question about pest resistance to the chemicals the potatoes are designed to produce?

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

3. Why are cats so drawn to catnip, according to the research that Pollan does after seeing how his cat response to using this herb?

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

5. What is the most important thing to an animal's survival, according to the discussion of plants?

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

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. What are some of the intoxicants and ingredients for intoxicants which Pollan admits to growing in his garden now?

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

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

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