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

2. The book suggests that _______ calls to human desire to alter the textures and contents of our consciousness.
(a) Apples.
(b) Marijuana.
(c) Tulips.
(d) Potatoes.

3. Some of the farmers who grow potatoes are happy with Monsanto since this means they can skip a few _________, which saves them money.
(a) Deadlines.
(b) Sprayings.
(c) Seasons.
(d) Waterings.

4. What is the name of the company which makes the genetically modified potato called "NewLeaf"?
(a) Whole Foods.
(b) Conagra.
(c) Monsanto.
(d) Tyson.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The books suggests that all of the following are successful defenses plants have adopted except _______.

2. What kind of storm took place in December of 1999, causing the gardens of Versailles to be ruined?

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. _______ became a new capital for marijuana cultivation during the American drug war of the nineties.

5. According to the book, drugs that alter the user's perception of time and space are taboo because they disrupt the _______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Compare and contrast the tastes of plants which are supposed to be eaten with those which are not supposed to be eaten.

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the experience Pollan had when the police almost found his large marijuana plants in his backyard?

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