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

2. The arts of _______ are how plants have explored their ingenuity applied to learning and adapting.
(a) Locomotion.
(b) Physical defenses.
(c) Tropism.
(d) Biochemistry.

3. Pigeons are associated with the discovery of ______ because of their spacing out behavior after eating the seeds.
(a) Tobacco.
(b) Mistletoe.
(c) Datura.
(d) Cannabis.

4. 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) Instability.
(c) Code.
(d) Regulation.

5. One way to look at ___________ engineering is to think that it allows humans to insert their intelligence into a crop.
(a) Equipment.
(b) Genetic.
(c) Farmer.
(d) Weather.

Short Answer Questions

1. _______ became a new capital for marijuana cultivation during the American drug war of the nineties.

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

3. When Pollan opened up the package to grow the NewLeaf potatoes, the card stated that he was now ________ to grow the potatoes.

4. The weedy _________ potatoes on the edges of Andean farms caused changes in the strains of potatoes which would grow.

5. Some of the farmers who grow potatoes are happy with Monsanto since this means they can skip a few _________, which saves them money.

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare and contrast the tastes of plants which are supposed to be eaten with those which are not supposed to be eaten.

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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