The Botany of Desire Test | Final 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. The weedy _________ potatoes on the edges of Andean farms caused changes in the strains of potatoes which would grow.

2. According to the book, some counter strategies to these toxins include all of the following except ______.

3. What is the name of the company which makes the genetically modified potato called "NewLeaf"?

4. For the first time in history, the __________ of a plant is being domesticated by humans and by the scientific changes of humans.

5. Antheleme Brillat-Savarin noted, "Tell me what you _______ and I will tell you what you are."

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. What does genetic engineering promise to do for the crops which are growing with these modifications?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While the Potato Famine was devastating, one could say it helped to shape modern day American society.

Part 1: Why do you think the Potato Famine changed the U.S. society and population?

Part 2: What might have happened if the Potato Famine had never occurred?

Part 3: Do you think the Potato Famine was necessary in order for the United States to become a success?

Essay Topic 2

Pollan tries to assign gender qualities to flowers, as some are seen as feminine and others as masculine.

Part 1: Why do you think it is important to assign gender qualities to flowers?

Part 2: What is the purpose of assigning certain flowers to certain gender labels?

Part 3: Do you agree with the assignment of genders to flowers? What do you think this does to the discussion of flowers?

Essay Topic 3

One might suggest that the idea that apples are shaping human existence is based on speculation as opposed to scientific study.

Part 1: Do you think that apples have affected the human race as a whole?

Part 2: How might a scientist study the sweetness and the effects of apples on humans?

Part 3: Is science the only way that a definitive answer can be discovered? Why or why not?

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