The Botany of Desire Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Pollan
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Since Appleseed raised his trees from seed, most of the fruit was not suitable for _______.

2. The number of leaves that are only a tulip are typically _______. With the "turban" top, this gives them the suggesting of a human body.

3. According to the book, species tulips in Turkey typically come in ______ and less commonly in white or yellow.

4. The process through which humans and plants have shaped each other over the years is known as _______.

5. The process of trying to impersonate other plants or animals in order to attract or repel is called ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Chapman not want to have anything to do with the grafting of apple trees in order to breed certain strains?

2. What does the presence of flowers tend to tell a person about the area in which they are walking or traveling?

3. What is the main reason why the apple is presented in a book about the idea of desire? How does the apple relate to desire?

4. Why did Jews and Christians have troubles admitting to the beauty of flowers within their celebrations?

5. What is the possible coincidence that Pollan points out between the flowers and their ability to arouse desire in bees?

6. What are the colors and the shapes of flowers designed to do, according to some scientists?

7. Why does Johnny Appleseed not stay in Brilliant when the people ask him to do so?

8. Pollan points out there may or may not be a correlation between the beautiful and the good. What does he think there is probably a correlation between?

9. Why did Pollan plant tulip bulbs when he was a child, according to his own reflections?

10. What happens when a person cuts an apple at its equator with a sharp knife?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pollan's main idea is that plants have shaped human evolution just as much as humans have shaped plant evolution.

Part 1: In what ways do you think plants have helped to shape human evolution?

Part 2: In what ways do you think humans have helped to shape plant evolution?

Part 3: Do you think humans or plants are responsible for more change for the other species? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Genetic variability is thought to be the key to the apple's future, even though it is not widely discussed in social circles.

Part 1: How might you define the idea of genetic variability?

Part 2: Why do you think genetic variability is important to the survival of the apple?

Part 3: Is genetic variability important to the survival of man? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

The legend of Johnny Appleseed is something which the author decides is more nostalgic than something which might be true.

Part 1: What are the value of stories such as the one of Johnny Appleseed?

Part 2: What is the meaning of the Johnny Appleseed story for you in your own life and experiences?

Part 3: Do you think that Johnny Appleseed actually existed? Does it even matter?

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