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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. ______ present in species such as the wild parsnip cause the animals that eat it to burn in the sun.
(a) Flavenoids.
(b) Anthocyanins.
(c) Photosensitizers.
(d) Photosynthesizers.

2. _______ is an annual convention and harvest fair sponsored by High Times Magazine that attracts many growers.
(a) The Cannabis Cup.
(b) The Cannabis Chalice.
(c) The Cannabis Contest.
(d) The Cannabis Challenge.

3. American hippies sometimes traveled the _______ in Afghanistan and returned with seeds of Cannabis Indica.
(a) The Bud Trail.
(b) The Hemp Trail.
(c) The Hashish Trail.
(d) The Indica Trail.

4. _______ became a new capital for marijuana cultivation during the American drug war of the nineties.
(a) Paris.
(b) San Francisco.
(c) Berlin.
(d) Amsterdam.

5. Peruvian legend has it that _____ are associated with the discovery of quinine through eating the bark of the cinchona tree.
(a) Toucans.
(b) Pumas.
(c) Jaguars.
(d) Macaws.

Short Answer Questions

1. ______ has written two books claiming that consciousness changing is a basic human activity that even children seek out.

2. The new potato called "NewLeaf" has been genetically engineered in order to produce its own ______________.

3. The book states that although marijuana cultivation is driven to some extent by money, the underlying principle is that of ______.

4. __________ was what some people in England used to call the potato, which continued its separation from their diet.

5. What is Pollan not allowed to do with the NewLeaf potatoes at the end of the year, according to the law?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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