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. What is second nature to a gardener, who leans that every advance in his control of the garden is also an invitation for disaster?

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

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

4. The _________ in the potato is what causes it to produce its own pest killing chemicals, keeping other chemicals from being necessary.

5. Nature, Pollan admits, seems to be filled with ___________, making the growth process nearly impossible to control.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What might have happened if the police chief had seen the marijuana plant in Pollan's backyard?

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

6. After a few days of drenching rain, what did the NewLeaf potato plants look like in Pollan's garden?

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

8. What did Heath have to say about Pollan's question about pest resistance to the chemicals the potatoes are designed to produce?

9. As the various lands in Europe began to rely on the potato, what were the positive benefits of this situation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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