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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. Dave Hjelle from Monstanto tells Pollan something that makes him a little concerned. He says, "______________."
(a) No problem.
(b) It's problematic.
(c) Trust us.
(d) I'm worried too.

2. 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) Seasons.
(c) Waterings.
(d) Sprayings.

3. 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) Trap.
(c) Refuge.
(d) Study.

4. According to the book, some counter strategies to these toxins include all of the following except ______.
(a) Digestive processes that detoxify.
(b) Feeding strategies that minimize ingestion.
(c) Drying plants in the sun.
(d) Heightened memory.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The book suggests that _______ calls to human desire to alter the textures and contents of our consciousness.

2. What is second nature to a gardener, who leans that every advance in his control of the garden is also an invitation for disaster?

3. The _________ in the potato is what causes it to produce its own pest killing chemicals, keeping other chemicals from being necessary.

4. Peruvian legend has it that _____ are associated with the discovery of quinine through eating the bark of the cinchona tree.

5. The ___________ can serve as a sort of DNA fingerprint if a person wants to determine if a plant is a Monsanto plant.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. What is the most important thing to an animal's survival, according to the discussion of plants?

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