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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. ______ has written two books claiming that consciousness changing is a basic human activity that even children seek out.
(a) Deepak Chopra.
(b) Michael Pollan.
(c) Michael Palin.
(d) Andrew Weil.

2. Genetic ____________ is the catchall term used to describe the various unexpected effects that misplaced or unregulated foreign genes can have in an environment.
(a) Variance.
(b) Regulation.
(c) Code.
(d) Instability.

3. The book states that although marijuana cultivation is driven to some extent by money, the underlying principle is that of ______.
(a) Gardening
(b) Pleasure.
(c) Horticulture.
(d) Rebellion.

4. Dependence on the potato had made the ________ vulnerable to the perils of the economy as well as to those of nature.
(a) Irish.
(b) Germans.
(c) English.
(d) Spanish.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. A growing technique which requires few tools and and a minimal amount of labor is called a ___________.

2. The arts of _______ are how plants have explored their ingenuity applied to learning and adapting.

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

4. John Chapman had the imagination to identify with the _________ in the ecology of the world.

5. The book states that one culture's cure all could be another culture's 'root of all evil' also known as ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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