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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. What is a semi-aquatic tropical plant grown as a leaf vegetable also known as "swamp cabbage"?
(a) Chinese water-spinach.
(b) Japanese lettuce.
(c) Siberian onion.
(d) German kraut plant.

2. Robert Fuchs' great-grandfather moved his family from where to Florida?
(a) Illinois.
(b) Tennessee.
(c) Kentucky.
(d) Indiana.

3. What is the only way to reach the Fakahatchee Strand?
(a) The Appalachian Trail.
(b) The Tamiami Trail.
(c) Wekiwa Springs Loop Trail.
(d) Naples Park Nature Trail.

4. At the South Florida Orchid Society in Fortunes, Susan calculated that there were roughly how much money worth of flowers?
(a) $34 million.
(b) $40 million.
(c) $4 million.
(d) $24 million.

5. What doctor separated Osceola's head from his body?
(a) Dr. Windsor.
(b) Dr. Woolmont.
(c) Dr. Weedon.
(d) Dr. Williams.

6. The Florida Seminoles are descendants of the Yuchi, Creek and what tribe?
(a) Algonquian.
(b) Cheyenne.
(c) Sioux.
(d) Cherokee.

7. What did Laroche do with the stolen orchids which didn't die?
(a) Sold them.
(b) Put them in pots.
(c) Glued them to trees.
(d) Hid them.

8. The poisonous South American toad now can grow up to how long?
(a) 5 inches.
(b) 9 inches.
(c) 4 inches.
(d) 7 inches.

9. What periodical had run an article about the Orchid Jungle, leading to its becoming a tourist attraction?
(a) The Tampa Tribune.
(b) The Florida Times-Union.
(c) The Florida Voice Times.
(d) The Miami Herald.

10. Robert Fuchs is from a family that has been growing orchids for how many generations?
(a) 2.
(b) 3.
(c) 7.
(d) 1.

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

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

13. Where did Susan meet nearly every other orchid grower she had met in Florida, including Martin Motes, Tom Fennell, Bob Fuchs, Frank Smith in Fortunes?
(a) The Southeast Orchid Society Show.
(b) The North Florida Orchid Society Show.
(c) The Central Florida Orchid Society Show.
(d) The South Florida Orchid Society Show.

14. One of the most notorious plant crimes in Florida happened in what year, according to the author in Plant Crimes?
(a) 1992.
(b) 1990.
(c) 1995.
(d) 1996.

15. The owners of the Orchid Jungle won how much money in the Florida state lottery?
(a) 6.76 million.
(b) 2.48 million.
(c) 124 million.
(d) 56 million.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a tree native to Puebla, Mexico and classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel?

2. Who took Susan for a hike along with two inmates from a work-release program of the Copeland Road Prison?

3. Whose family had owned the Orchid Jungle before winning the lottery?

4. 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?

5. What is the name of Lee Moore's wife?

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