Listen to part of a lecture in a botany class.
- What does the professor mainly discuss?
- A. Techniques for breeding unusual varieties of tulips in the Netherlands.
- B. New types of plants introduced to Europe through trade.
- C. The spread of plant diseases throughout seventeenth-century Europe.
- D. The impact of a plant virus in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century.
- What opinion does the professor express about color breaking in tulips?
- A. It probably occurred more often in the seventeenth century than it does today.
- B. It was not as rare in the seventeenth century as botanists believed.
- C. It influenced the behavior of many people in the Netherlands.
- D. It will probably never be duplicated through controlled breeding.
- According to the professor, what is one reason that the Dutch started cultivating tulips?
- A. There was an increase in trade between the Netherlands and Persia.
- B. There were plans to open a new botanical garden in the Netherlands.
- C. Wealthy individuals wanted to show that they could afford expensive merchandise.
- D. Dutch botanists became skilled in crossbreeding plants.
- Why does the professor mention a turban worn by some men?
- A. To offer an explanation for how the tulip got his name.
- B. To emphasize the unique color patterns of some tulips.
- C. To explain why the tulip was considered an exotic flower in Europe.
- D. To describe differences between Dutch tulips and Persian tulips.
- According to the professor, what characteristic of tulips aided the spread of tulip cultivation?
- A. Tulips grown from seeds produce bulb within a year.
- B. Tulip bulbs can be removed from the ground and stored.
- C. Tulips adapt easily to different kinds of soil.
- D. Tulips are relatively resistant to plant viruses.
- According to the professor, what factors contributed to a dramatic rise in the prices of some tulips in the early seventeenth century?
[CHOOSE 2 ANSWERS]
- A. Botanists discovered how to breed tulips that were resistant to certain plant diseases.
- B. The demand for tulips increased in Persia and the Ottoman Empire.
- C. Dutch speculators enthusiastically bought tulip bulbs as investments.
- D. The most desirable tulips could not be produced by breeding at that time.
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