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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. Some Christians believed that potato was the _________ matter, while bread was antimatter and even spirit in nature.
(a) Base.
(b) Hell.
(c) Dirt.
(d) Lower.

2. Pollan says that he would call the images of nature and of growing to be the Agricultural ___________, if he did not think it sounded like too much of an oxymoron.
(a) Understanding.
(b) Sublime.
(c) Truth.
(d) Mystery.

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

4. The book suggests that gardens used to be planted as a kind of living _____ that cared little for aesthetics.
(a) Mandala.
(b) Apothecary.
(c) Art form.
(d) Display of beauty.

5. The scourge of potatoes has always been the _________ potato beetle, which can pick a plant clean of its leaves.
(a) Ohio.
(b) Colorado.
(c) Idaho.
(d) Wyoming.

Short Answer Questions

1. The arts of _______ are how plants have explored their ingenuity applied to learning and adapting.

2. Farmers who plant Bt crops must leave a certain portion of their land for non-Bt crops to provide a ________ for the bugs.

3. According to the book, _____ are the only people on Earth who do not have a practice of using psychoactive plants to change consciousness.

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

5. Tukano Indians in the Amazon noticed Jaguars eating a vine, which was atypical for them and helped the Indians discover ______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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