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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 ___________ can serve as a sort of DNA fingerprint if a person wants to determine if a plant is a Monsanto plant.
(a) Temperature.
(b) Marker gene.
(c) Coloring.
(d) Cell structure.

2. The weedy _________ potatoes on the edges of Andean farms caused changes in the strains of potatoes which would grow.
(a) Green.
(b) Dark.
(c) White.
(d) Wild.

3. While the potatoes were unable to provide all of the nutrients a person might need, they could get the Vitamin A from ________.
(a) Lettuce.
(b) The sun.
(c) Peppers.
(d) Milk.

4. Pigeons are associated with the discovery of ______ because of their spacing out behavior after eating the seeds.
(a) Cannabis.
(b) Mistletoe.
(c) Datura.
(d) Tobacco.

5. John Chapman had the imagination to identify with the _________ in the ecology of the world.
(a) Tulips.
(b) Bees.
(c) Potatoes.
(d) Flowers.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Pollan opened up the package to grow the NewLeaf potatoes, the card stated that he was now ________ to grow the potatoes.

2. _________ is one example of a chemical which was tested before it was used, only to find that later on it affected other ecosystems.

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

4. 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 __________.

5. ______ is the name given to the state-of-the-art growing regimen that could yield three pounds of sinsemilla in two months' time.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the possible genetically modified food advances people might see in the future, according to Pollan?

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

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

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

5. What is the rationale that Pollan gives for growing pot as he decides to do when it is not as much of a legal issue?

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

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

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

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

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

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