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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 reasons why potatoes did not become popular in Europe at first was because they were thought to cause _________ and immorality.
(a) Malaria.
(b) Measles.
(c) Leprosy.
(d) Smallpox.

2. The book states that the effect of making pot illegal was that the counterculture engaged in _______the plant.
(a) Genetically modifying.
(b) Killing.
(c) Weakening.
(d) Destroying.

3. ________, Pollan says, is the theme which unifies the questions being raised in agricultural biotechnology.
(a) Appeal.
(b) Truth.
(c) Effectiveness.
(d) Uncertainty.

4. According to the book, drugs that alter the user's perception of time and space are taboo because they disrupt the _______.
(a) Verbal order.
(b) Political order.
(c) Religious order.
(d) Social order.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. One way to look at ___________ engineering is to think that it allows humans to insert their intelligence into a crop.

2. The Dutch genius for horticulture leftover from the ________ combined with the influx of new seeds.

3. Some Christians believed that potato was the _________ matter, while bread was antimatter and even spirit in nature.

4. The book suggests that the decisions that a culture makes in which plants drugs to promote or prohibit help to ______.

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

2. What are some of the possible genetically modified food advances people might see in the future, according to Pollan?

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

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

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

6. What parts of the marijuana plant are supposed to be smoked?

7. What does Pollan begin to realize after the powerful storm that ruined a part of the famous gardens of Versailles?

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

9. What does genetic engineering promise to do for the crops which are growing with these modifications?

10. Describe the experience Pollan had when the police almost found his large marijuana plants in his backyard?

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