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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. For the first time in history, the __________ of a plant is being domesticated by humans and by the scientific changes of humans.
(a) Chemical structure.
(b) Taste.
(c) Genome.
(d) Color.

2. Until the mid-1970s, most of the marijuana in America was grown in _______ and was often sprayed with a pesticide paraquat.
(a) Peru.
(b) America.
(c) Mexico.
(d) Canada.

3. Psychoactive drugs serve as bridges between the worlds of matter and spirit, or in modern language _______and consciousness.
(a) Geometry.
(b) Chemistry.
(c) Astronomy.
(d) Geology.

4. Dave Hjelle from Monstanto tells Pollan something that makes him a little concerned. He says, "______________."
(a) It's problematic.
(b) Trust us.
(c) No problem.
(d) I'm worried too.

5. __________ was what some people in England used to call the potato, which continued its separation from their diet.
(a) Dirt root.
(b) Root meal.
(c) Bread pudding.
(d) Bread root.

Short Answer Questions

1. Certain drugs, Pollan states, will cause objects around us to change until they appear as the _________ versions of themselves.

2. What kind of storm took place in December of 1999, causing the gardens of Versailles to be ruined?

3. Where are the Monsanto headquarters located, according to Pollan's description in the book?

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

5. Peruvian legend has it that _____ are associated with the discovery of quinine through eating the bark of the cinchona tree.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why were the Irish open to farming the potato in order to provide food for themselves?

5. What happens to the animal in the wild who decides to eat hallucinogens and thus takes in the toxins of these plants?

6. What has been the recurrent theme about plants which are forbidden by others? What are they supposed to provide?

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

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

9. What does Pollan believe the experience of the sublime has to do with the experience of nature?

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

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