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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. In the book, Pollan was almost caught by the police for growing a couple of ______ plants on his property.
(a) Poppy.
(b) Datura.
(c) Marijuana.
(d) Morning glory.

2. When the ___________ harvest failed in England in 1794, it seems that the poor were not going to be able to buy the bread they needed.
(a) Corn.
(b) Rice.
(c) Wheat.
(d) Bran.

3. Into what kind of plant have plant breeders inserted a gene from a firefly, making the plants glow, although for no apparent reason, according to Pollan?
(a) Potatoes.
(b) Tobacco.
(c) Spinach.
(d) Tomatoes.

4. When Pollan opened up the package to grow the NewLeaf potatoes, the card stated that he was now ________ to grow the potatoes.
(a) Able.
(b) Licensed.
(c) Authorized.
(d) Legalized.

5. __________ was what some people in England used to call the potato, which continued its separation from their diet.
(a) Bread pudding.
(b) Dirt root.
(c) Root meal.
(d) Bread root.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The book suggests that the decisions that a culture makes in which plants drugs to promote or prohibit help to ______.

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

4. Where are the Monsanto headquarters located, according to Pollan's description in the book?

5. Genetic ____________ is the catchall term used to describe the various unexpected effects that misplaced or unregulated foreign genes can have in an environment.

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

3. Describe the NewLeaf potatoes that Pollan took in order to grow at his garden.

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

5. What were the dangers of the potato, according to Malthus during the time of the rise of the potato?

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

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

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

9. Why are cats so drawn to catnip, according to the research that Pollan does after seeing how his cat response to using this herb?

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

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