Practice Quiz for Horticulture

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1.  For anthropologists, the word "horticulture" refers to:
a) small scale, low intensity farming
b) the raising of flowers for sale
c) a subsistence pattern in which food only comes from domesticated plants
2.  The population density and community size of horticultural societies is usually _______________ pedestrian foragers.
a) about the same as
b) smaller than
c) larger than
3.  With which of the following subsistence patterns are people most likely to intentionally produce a surplus of food to sell or exchange for things that they cannot produce themselves?
a) foraging
b) horticulture
c) both are equally likely
4.  Where in the world is horticulture commonly used as a subsistence pattern today?
a) Europe and North America
b) Central Africa and the Amazon Basin of South America
c) Japan, Korea, and China
5.  Why do horticulturalists usually have a shifting pattern of field use? That is, why do they abandon their gardens after a few years and create new ones elsewhere?
a) Because they don't like to settle down in one area for a long period of time
b) Because production drops due to the inevitable depletion of soil nutrients in the old field
c) Because water for irrigation becomes scarce
6.  "Slash and burn" refers to:
a) a method of field preparation for farming
b) a technique of warfare used by horticulturalists
c) a method of eliminating fleas and other insects from a settlement
7.  Which of the following things are horticulturalists most likely to use in farming?
a) pointed sticks, hoes, or other hand tools
b) large beasts of burden, such as horses and oxen, to pull plows
c) pesticides and herbicides
8.  Which of the following things characterize horticulturalists?
a) They usually grow only one plant species in each field.
b) They usually live in large towns or cities
c) Their farming techniques are relatively unproductive and they are ignorant of soil characteristics and plant nutrients.
d) none of the above
9.  Horticulture is most well suited to what kind of environment?
a) humid, tropical forests
b) dry sparse grasslands
c) cool, pine forests in temperate regions
10.  What usually has happened to tropical horticulturalists when population pressure and/or governments prevented them from following their traditional shifting pattern of farming?
a) The horticulturalists usually became wild plant and animal foragers again.
b) The productivity of their crops dropped dramatically due to extreme soil nutrient depletion and the people became impoverished.
c) The horticulturalists become cattle or sheep ranchers.


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