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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 says that he would call the images of nature and of growing to be the Agricultural ___________, if he did not think it sounded like too much of an oxymoron.
(a) Sublime.
(b) Truth.
(c) Understanding.
(d) Mystery.

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

3. Potatoes today are descended from the center of _________ in the Andean altiplano, where wild ancestors grew them.
(a) Plain land.
(b) Diversity.
(c) Nowhere.
(d) Mountains.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Pollan suggests that on a biochemical level, psychoactive plants affect the brain much the way that the following activities except ______ affect it.

2. The Dutch genius for horticulture leftover from the ________ combined with the influx of new seeds.

3. ______ change the taste of plant flesh on the tongues of certain animals and can render the sweetest fruit sour.

4. The new potato called "NewLeaf" has been genetically engineered in order to produce its own ______________.

5. American hippies sometimes traveled the _______ in Afghanistan and returned with seeds of Cannabis Indica.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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