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

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

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

4. _______ are substances studied by ethnobotanists and refer to "the god within."
(a) Entheogens.
(b) Carcinogens.
(c) Pathogens.
(d) Hallucinogens.

5. 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.
(a) Corn.
(b) Wheat.
(c) Bran.
(d) Rice.

Short Answer Questions

1. Factors restricting the growth of marijuana that indoor gardeners were able to control include the following except _______.

2. ________, Pollan says, is the theme which unifies the questions being raised in agricultural biotechnology.

3. The book suggests that the decisions that a culture makes in which plants drugs to promote or prohibit help to ______.

4. The book states that the effect of making pot illegal was that the counterculture engaged in _______the plant.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. As the various lands in Europe began to rely on the potato, what were the positive benefits of this situation?

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