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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. What kind of storm took place in December of 1999, causing the gardens of Versailles to be ruined?
(a) Windstorm.
(b) Snow storm.
(c) Flood.
(d) Tornado.

2. The Dutch genius for horticulture leftover from the ________ combined with the influx of new seeds.
(a) Tulip craze.
(b) Rose craze.
(c) Apple craze.
(d) Night Queen craze.

3. Where are the Monsanto headquarters located, according to Pollan's description in the book?
(a) Ausin.
(b) New York.
(c) Chicago.
(d) St. Louis.

4. The arts of _______ are how plants have explored their ingenuity applied to learning and adapting.
(a) Locomotion.
(b) Physical defenses.
(c) Tropism.
(d) Biochemistry.

5. Antheleme Brillat-Savarin noted, "Tell me what you _______ and I will tell you what you are."
(a) Grow.
(b) Eat.
(c) Know.
(d) Believe.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Goats are associated with the discovery of _____, when it was observed they became frisky after eating the red berries.

3. In order to reduce time and energy spent on growing male sinsemilla plants which are useless, growers started ______.

4. Lenson points out that many people of the past tried to __________ the use of drugs by calling it imagination.

5. Some of the farmers who grow potatoes are happy with Monsanto since this means they can skip a few _________, which saves them money.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are some of the reasons why potatoes were not very popular in Europe around the late 1500s?

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

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

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

6. What parts of the marijuana plant are supposed to be smoked?

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

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

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

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

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