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Michael Pollan
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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The book states that one culture's cure all could be another culture's 'root of all evil' also known as ________.
(a) Pangaia.
(b) Panacea.
(c) Pangea.
(d) Panapathogen.

2. Farmers who plant Bt crops must leave a certain portion of their land for non-Bt crops to provide a ________ for the bugs.
(a) School.
(b) Refuge.
(c) Trap.
(d) Study.

3. According to the book, some of the most bitter and "bad" plants are the ones that contain the most powerful _______.
(a) Herbs.
(b) Seeds.
(c) Magic.
(d) Potions.

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

5. In the book, Pollan was almost caught by the police for growing a couple of ______ plants on his property.
(a) Poppy.
(b) Morning glory.
(c) Marijuana.
(d) Datura.

Short Answer Questions

1. The French romantics were said to have experimented with ________ after Napoleon's troops brought it back with them from Egypt.

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

3. What is a good place to experiment and a place to try out new plants and techniques without having to risk a lot?

4. One way to look at ___________ engineering is to think that it allows humans to insert their intelligence into a crop.

5. Psychoactive drugs serve as bridges between the worlds of matter and spirit, or in modern language _______and consciousness.

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