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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Susan marveled at Laroche's ability to do what with something obsessed over?
(a) Admire it.
(b) Hate it.
(c) Ignore it.
(d) Abandon it.

2. One of Tom Fennell's neighbors had bell peppers worth how much money stolen from his fields?
(a) $20,000.
(b) $12,000.
(c) $35,000.
(d) $5,000.

3. When did the government begin three Seminole "subjugation and removal efforts"?
(a) 1812.
(b) 1798.
(c) 1839.
(d) 1821.

4. What was Osceola named at birth?
(a) Albert Carter.
(b) Abraham Fulton.
(c) John Lindley.
(d) Billy Powell.

5. Susan learned that if an orchid breeder comes up with a good cross fertilization, they will get the monopoly in the market for how long?
(a) 7 years.
(b) 12 years.
(c) 20 years.
(d) 10 years.

6. What genus of plants were brought to south Florida as an ornamental landscape plant from Australia?
(a) Melaleuca.
(b) Croomia.
(c) Pentastemona.
(d) Stemona.

7. What company did Laroche go on to start after leaving the plant world behind?
(a) Flower Kingdom.
(b) Car Corral.
(c) Computer Depot.
(d) NetRunner.

8. What refers an immersed aquatic plant which originated in South America but has spread to many parts of the world and is considered an invasive species in Australia, China, New Zealand, Thailand and the United States?
(a) Alligator Weed.
(b) Pond Lily.
(c) Curly Pondweed.
(d) Milfoil.

9. What kind of plants did Gary Zill own a good number of?
(a) Aloe.
(b) Raspberry.
(c) Avocado.
(d) Strawberry.

10. Martin Motes was described by Susan Orlean as a recovering what?
(a) Alcoholic.
(b) Patient.
(c) Gambler.
(d) Academic.

11. What is a term for any one of a large number of unrelated small to medium sized species of parrot, that generally have long tail feathers?
(a) Macaw.
(b) Parakeet.
(c) Cockatoo.
(d) Merganser.

12. Who discovered the last species of Cattleya that would be discovered?
(a) John Lindley.
(b) Lee Moore.
(c) Frank Smith.
(d) Robert Fuchs.

13. How much did the circuit judge fine Laroche in his case?
(a) $250.
(b) $5,500.
(c) $1,000.
(d) $500.

14. At the height of his smuggling days, Lee Moore had his own plane, two Lincoln Continentals, a large house and how much money in the bank?
(a) $600,000.
(b) $1,000,000.
(c) $2,500,000.
(d) $850,000.

15. What refers to a species of flowering plant in the cashew family, Anacardiaceae, that is native to subtropical and tropical South America?
(a) Brazilian pepper tree.
(b) Amazon lily.
(c) Blue Dawn flower.
(d) Flame of the Forest.

Short Answer Questions

1. One of the most notorious plant crimes in Florida occurred when someone stole prize-winning orchids worth how much from the R. F. Orchids shadehouse?

2. The poisonous South American toad now can grow up to how long?

3. What periodical had run an article about the Orchid Jungle, leading to its becoming a tourist attraction?

4. What woman famous in the orchid community for her touch with Ghost Orchids suffered a plant crime when someone mysteriously destroys the pods of some of her orchids?

5. Robert Fuchs' great-grandfather came across orchids while traveling through what town?

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