1. Tulips are:
a. annual b. perennial
2. Tulips are:
a. evergreen b. deciduous
3. Tulips are:
a. herbs b. grass c. shrub d.
vine e. tree
4. The underground
portion of a tulip is a:
a. bulb b. corm c. tuber
5. The underground
portion of tulips are most like:
a. onions b. lilies c. potato
d. ginger e. turnip
6. Tulips come �true
a. False b.
7. Tulips are an
example of a:
a. spring flowering bulb
b. summer flowering bulb
c. flowering annual
d. flowering perennial
8. Tulips have
distinctive petals and sepals.
a. false b. true
9. Tulips have a
a. false b. true
10. To where are tulips
11. Describe the
�original� or native tulip.
12. What is the likely
pollinator of tulips?
13. In what regard can
a bee be considered a �flying penis?�
14. Identify three
mechanisms by which plants avoid self-pollination.
15. What is a virus?
16. What is a �broken�
17. Explain how a
18. What is botanical
Flowers & Society
Pollan argues that most individuals, with perhaps the exception of little
boys, those with clinical depression and certain cultures, love flowers. Do
you agree that this is a predilection all people share?
Pollan argues that natural selection may have favored a love of flowers in
our ancestors. What is Pollan�s explanation for how/why this may have
evolved? Or in other words, what is the potential evolutionary value for
people liking flowers?
Pollan argues that some African cultures have not developed a love of
flowers and cites two reasons � economy and ecology. Explain each of these
ideas. Do you agree? How could you test this hypothesis?
What is horticultural therapy?
What is beauty? Pollan cites three criteria for beauty � what are they and
do you agree?
What is the �evolutionary advantage� of appreciating beauty?
Pollan suggests that humans like flower gardens because they provide the
�stirrings of sex.� Do you agree?
do humans find flowers beautiful?
What is symmetry and why might that be related to beauty?
you agree with Pollan when he argues that plants have evolved expressly to
�catch my eye?�
Although domestication is typically considered something people have done to
a plant, Pollan argues that domestication is a strategy by which plants have
exploited us and our desires to their own interests. Give an example of
what he means. Do you agree?
Where did tulipomania occur?
During what years did tulipomania occur?
What was tulipomania?
you think of any modern examples that might fall into the category of �tulipomania?�
Pollan suggests that the Dutch were primed for tulipomania because of their
geography � they sought to beautify their low, monotonous swampy country
with plants. As a result, gardening and botany became very important. Do
you agree? Is this hypothesis testable?
was the tulip a good flower for the Dutch �temperament?�
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