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

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

3. What is Pollan not allowed to do with the NewLeaf potatoes at the end of the year, according to the law?

4. Certain drugs, Pollan states, will cause objects around us to change until they appear as the _________ versions of themselves.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What was going on at the time of Pollan's visit to Amsterdam for research for this book?

9. What is the most important thing to an animal's survival, according to the discussion of plants?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The story includes the idea that Johnny Appleseed spread the seeds of apples all over America, although no proof is given.

Part 1: Does it seem plausible that one man could have spread all of the apple seeds in the country?

Part 2: What do you think Johnny's motivations for spreading the seed might have been?

Part 3: Why is this story so nostalgic to those who live in America?

Essay Topic 2

The apple is somewhat mythic, showing up in the Bible as well as in a number of other stories and media sources.

Part 1: Why is the apple such a desirable fruit in the stories?

Part 2: Do you think another fruit might have been suitable in the story of Adam and Eve? Which fruit?

Part 3: How do you think the apple's appeal might have changed had it not been used in stories and myths?

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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