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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where was Osceola tricked and trapped on New Year's Day?
(a) Charlotte, North Carolina.
(b) Charleston, South Carolina.
(c) Forth Moultrie, South Carolina.
(d) Durham, North Carolina.

2. The collector of Ghost Orchids in Plant Crimes had the secret of putting the baby ghost orchids in what kind of tree?
(a) Orange.
(b) Plum.
(c) Cypress.
(d) Mango.

3. When was the Cattleya Orchid named?
(a) 1827.
(b) 1818.
(c) 1829.
(d) 1815.

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?
(a) Merganser.
(b) Parakeet.
(c) Cockatoo.
(d) Macaw.

5. Where is Denise from in Anyone Can Grow Orchids?
(a) Cuba.
(b) Trinidad.
(c) Jamaica.
(d) Puerto Rico.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. When was Osceola born?

4. Chief Billy Bowlegs had traveled to Washington D. C. on horseback to attempt to repeal a law passed in 1853 that had made it illegal for a Seminole to do what?

5. What company had begun logging the Fakahatchee Strand for cypress trees in the 1950s?

Short Essay Questions

1. What orchid show did Susan attend in Fortunes? Who did she see there?

2. Who did Martin Motes take Susan to meet in Fortunes? What was Susan's impression?

3. What did Tom Fennell say of Laroche's plan with the Ghost Orchid?

4. What did Susan envy about the orchid growers and collectors in Fortunes?

5. What decision did the judge reach in Laroche's case?

6. What is the only way into the Fakahatchee Strand? How was the road built?

7. What was the result of many poachers taking plants from swamps in south Florida?

8. What giant nursery did Tom Fennell take Susan to? What did they see there?

9. What are examples of things smuggled into Florida?

10. Who had traveled to Washington D. C. on horseback to repeal a law amongst the Seminoles?

(see the answer keys)

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