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

2. Factors restricting the growth of marijuana that indoor gardeners were able to control include the following except _______.
(a) Disease.
(b) Heat.
(c) Nutrients.
(d) Light.

3. Tukano Indians in the Amazon noticed Jaguars eating a vine, which was atypical for them and helped the Indians discover ______.
(a) Mistletoe.
(b) Datura.
(c) Cannabis.
(d) Yaje.

4. Gene flow normally occurs between closely related __________, so it seems that the Monsanto varieties will not spawn superweeds.
(a) Waters.
(b) Species.
(c) Lands.
(d) Environments.

5. The author speculates that in order to transcend the normal day experience, we may need to a single volume of knowledge, which is a natural history of the __________.
(a) Plant world.
(b) Workforce.
(c) Spirit.
(d) Imagination.

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 sort of potato was developed by the Incan people and just one of the many potatoes which used to grow?

3. Pollan believes that the idea of planting and of growing plants causes humans to be filled with a sense of _________.

4. The reasons why potatoes did not become popular in Europe at first was because they were thought to cause _________ and immorality.

5. The Dutch genius for horticulture leftover from the ________ combined with the influx of new seeds.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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