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Susan Orlean
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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. 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?
(a) Live in Florida.
(b) Own land.
(c) Marry a white woman.
(d) Carry a gun.

2. What time of smuggling did Lee Moore's wife regale when she met Susan?
(a) Post-WWI art phase.
(b) Pre-Columbian art phase.
(c) Nazi memorabilia phase.
(d) Pre-Benedectine art phase.

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

4. 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?
(a) $150,000.
(b) $658,000.
(c) $250,000.
(d) $500,000.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When was the Cattleya Orchid named?

2. What is the only way to reach the Fakahatchee Strand?

3. The owners of the Orchid Jungle won how much money in the Florida state lottery?

4. What nursery had Tom Fennell once owned?

5. The Florida Seminoles are descendants of the Yuchi, Creek and what tribe?

Short Essay Questions

1. How successful had the plant smuggler from Barbecued Doves been in his high time?

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

3. What did the Gulf American Company sell?

4. What did Laroche do with the stolen orchids? What is revealed of them in The Good Life?

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

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

7. What did Motes teach Susan about orchid breeding and monopolies?

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

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

10. What nursery had the Fennells owned? Why had they closed it?

(see the answer keys)

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