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. Pollan says that he would call the images of nature and of growing to be the Agricultural ___________, if he did not think it sounded like too much of an oxymoron.

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

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. Pollan suggests that drugs have both positive and negative qualities. The wine of _______ was both a scourge and a blessing.

5. In order to reduce time and energy spent on growing male sinsemilla plants which are useless, growers started ______.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The idea of tulipomania is one which seems to be silly and yet completely true at the same time.

Part 1: Why do you think so many people gravitated to the tulip?

Part 2: What are your impressions of the tulip? Do you find it beautiful?

Part 3: How do you think a flower can become a part of a craze in the world? Does this seem like a necessary situation?

Essay Topic 3

The section on apples seems to be more of a memoir of the life of the apple than a serious scientific study of its origins.

Part 1: Why do you think that Pollan chose the apple over other fruits?

Part 2: How do you think the apple has changed your own life? Can it be more revolutionary in the future for you?

Part 3: Have any fruits changed or reshaped the way your life has turned out?

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