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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. The new potato called "NewLeaf" has been genetically engineered in order to produce its own ______________.
(a) Peel.
(b) Insecticide.
(c) Water.
(d) Food.

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?
(a) Guesses.
(b) Preparations.
(c) Mistakes.
(d) Ironies.

3. John Chapman had the imagination to identify with the _________ in the ecology of the world.
(a) Bees.
(b) Flowers.
(c) Tulips.
(d) Potatoes.

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

5. Until the mid-1970s, most of the marijuana in America was grown in _______ and was often sprayed with a pesticide paraquat.
(a) Canada.
(b) Peru.
(c) America.
(d) Mexico.

Short Answer Questions

1. What needs to be kept artificially high in the clean rooms in order to keep other microbes out?

2. In the book, Pollan was almost caught by the police for growing a couple of ______ plants on his property.

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

4. _______ are substances studied by ethnobotanists and refer to "the god within."

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Pollan believe the experience of the sublime has to do with the experience of nature?

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

5. What is the status of marijuana use and growing in Amsterdam, according to Pollan in his book?

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

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

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

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

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

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