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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. Tukano Indians in the Amazon noticed Jaguars eating a vine, which was atypical for them and helped the Indians discover ______.
(a) Datura.
(b) Cannabis.
(c) Mistletoe.
(d) Yaje.

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

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

4. In order to reduce time and energy spent on growing male sinsemilla plants which are useless, growers started ______.
(a) Killing male plants.
(b) Changing the light patterns.
(c) Using clones.
(d) Using different seeds.

5. Goats are associated with the discovery of _____, when it was observed they became frisky after eating the red berries.
(a) Mistletoe.
(b) Chocolate.
(c) Tea.
(d) Coffee.

Short Answer Questions

1. An industrial farmer needs to buy an expensive amount of __________, like chemical fertilizers, machinery, fuel, and pesticides.

2. When the ___________ harvest failed in England in 1794, it seems that the poor were not going to be able to buy the bread they needed.

3. Pollan believes that the idea of planting and of growing plants causes humans to be filled with a sense of _________.

4. _______ became a new capital for marijuana cultivation during the American drug war of the nineties.

5. Potatoes today are descended from the center of _________ in the Andean altiplano, where wild ancestors grew them.

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. After a few days of drenching rain, what did the NewLeaf potato plants look like in Pollan's garden?

6. Where was marijuana primarily grown up until the early 1980s when the war on drugs began?

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

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

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

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

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