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

2. Genetic ____________ is the catchall term used to describe the various unexpected effects that misplaced or unregulated foreign genes can have in an environment.
(a) Variance.
(b) Code.
(c) Regulation.
(d) Instability.

3. The book suggests that the decisions that a culture makes in which plants drugs to promote or prohibit help to ______.
(a) Make people feel bad.
(b) Marginalize people.
(c) Promote instability.
(d) Reinforce cohesion.

4. Potatoes today are descended from the center of _________ in the Andean altiplano, where wild ancestors grew them.
(a) Plain land.
(b) Mountains.
(c) Nowhere.
(d) Diversity.

5. The books suggests that all of the following are successful defenses plants have adopted except _______.
(a) Confound.
(b) Disable.
(c) Repel.
(d) Death-dealing toxins.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pollan suggests that on a biochemical level, psychoactive plants affect the brain much the way that the following activities except ______ affect it.

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

3. What is the name of the company which makes the genetically modified potato called "NewLeaf"?

4. Lenson points out that many people of the past tried to __________ the use of drugs by calling it imagination.

5. For the first time in history, the __________ of a plant is being domesticated by humans and by the scientific changes of humans.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was going on at the time of Pollan's visit to Amsterdam for research for this book?

2. What might have happened if the police chief had seen the marijuana plant in Pollan's backyard?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What are some of the reasons why potatoes were not very popular in Europe around the late 1500s?

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