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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. Pollan suggests that drugs have both positive and negative qualities. The wine of _______ was both a scourge and a blessing.
(a) Apollo.
(b) Zeus.
(c) Dionysus.
(d) Venus.

2. The book suggests that the decisions that a culture makes in which plants drugs to promote or prohibit help to ______.
(a) Make people feel bad.
(b) Promote instability.
(c) Reinforce cohesion.
(d) Marginalize people.

3. American hippies sometimes traveled the _______ in Afghanistan and returned with seeds of Cannabis Indica.
(a) The Indica Trail.
(b) The Hashish Trail.
(c) The Hemp Trail.
(d) The Bud Trail.

4. ______ present in species such as the wild parsnip cause the animals that eat it to burn in the sun.
(a) Photosynthesizers.
(b) Photosensitizers.
(c) Flavenoids.
(d) Anthocyanins.

5. The book suggests that deep down, many gardeners see themselves as ________ transforming compost, water, and light into beauty.
(a) Herbalists.
(b) Scientists.
(c) Alchemists.
(d) Spiritualists.

Short Answer Questions

1. The book states that although marijuana cultivation is driven to some extent by money, the underlying principle is that of ______.

2. Pigeons are associated with the discovery of ______ because of their spacing out behavior after eating the seeds.

3. Tukano Indians in the Amazon noticed Jaguars eating a vine, which was atypical for them and helped the Indians discover ______.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Where was marijuana primarily grown up until the early 1980s when the war on drugs began?

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

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

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

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