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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did John Laroche find out about the job working for the Seminoles?
(a) Through his brother.
(b) Craigslist.
(c) Newspaper ad.
(d) Television commercial.

2. Who was killed in the car accident John Laroche experienced?
(a) His uncle.
(b) His father.
(c) His mother and father.
(d) His mother and uncle.

3. What orchid hunter sent a telegram saying that the ship he was on had caught fire and was lost, yet Frederick Sander insisted he move on?
(a) Tom Hart Dyke.
(b) Albert Millican.
(c) Benedict Roezl.
(d) William Micholitz.

4. When did Hurricane Andrew hit the U.S. coast?
(a) 1992.
(b) 1989.
(c) 1990.
(d) 1993.

5. When was Charles Darwin born?
(a) 1827.
(b) 1818.
(c) 1809.
(d) 1830.

6. What type of orchid produces a series of adjacent shoots which grow to a certain size, bloom and then stop growing, to be then replaced?
(a) Monopodial.
(b) Autopodial.
(c) Tripodial.
(d) Sympodial.

7. When was William Spencer Cavendish born?
(a) 1799.
(b) 1785.
(c) 1795.
(d) 1790.

8. There are over how many known species of orchids?
(a) 30,000.
(b) 90,000.
(c) 42,000.
(d) 35,000.

9. The International Orchid Register now has more than how many different types of orchids in their registry?
(a) 150,000.
(b) 200,000.
(c) 500,000.
(d) 100,000.

10. Pollination of the Ghost Orchid is done by what?
(a) The giant sphinx moth.
(b) The giant orchid spider.
(c) The swamp hummingbird.
(d) The Florida jumping beetle.

11. Of what profession was Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward?
(a) Pilot.
(b) Surgeon.
(c) Ship Captain.
(d) Lawyer.

12. John Laroche claimed his plan was to teach the Seminoles everything he knows about what?
(a) The swamp.
(b) Nature.
(c) Cypress trees.
(d) Botany.

13. The Fakahatchee Strand is 25 miles south of where?
(a) Naples, Florida.
(b) Orlando, Florida.
(c) Gainesville, Florida.
(d) Jacksonville, Florida.

14. The Seminole tribe were looking for someone to start a nursery because they owned how much land in Florida?
(a) Thousands of acres.
(b) Millions of acres.
(c) 100 acres.
(d) Hundreds of acres.

15. Where was John Laroche accused of stealing orchids from in The Millionaire's Hothouse?
(a) Stevenson Bog.
(b) Bauxahatchee Preserve.
(c) Trilahasee Marsh.
(d) Fakahatchee Strand.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of pollination do orchids undergo?

2. What did John Laroche plan on doing with the orchids he stole in The Millionaire's Hothouse?

3. What event had John Laroche attended which got him into plants and horticulture?

4. How many species are in the Bulbophyllum genus of orchids?

5. What is the largest genus in the orchid family Orchidaceae?

(see the answer keys)

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