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BIOL 120 Lesson 14 Assignment

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Questions for Submission (75 pts total)


Answer each of the following questions as completely as possible. Your answers should be no longer than a few sentences.


(10 pts)  1.      How does caffeine affect the body? Are there any medical applications of caffeine? What are some of the risks of excessive caffeine consumption?


(5 pts)    2.      Each of the three important plant sources of caffeine—coffee, tea and chocolate—has a mythology associated with them. What is the common theme of these myths? For one of the three, describe the traditional story of origin of the plant.


(10 pts)  3.      Briefly describe the how coffee “beans” (seeds) are treated such that they are properly prepared for grinding and brewing. Review the history of coffee and trace its path from its place of origin to the New World.


(5 pts)    4.      Were the British always a nation of tea drinkers? Explain why the shift from coffee to tea came about.


(10 pts)  5.      Briefly describe the role of tea in changing the 18th and 19th century history of China, Britain and the United States.


(10 pts)  6.      The Japanese tea ceremony is based on the principles of “wabi-sabi”. Consider the following examples of Wabi: a Japanese garden with a wandering walkway that follows the lay of the land, serving a meal using local specialties rather than costly imported ingredients, a rustic teacup that fits ones hand perfectly and a simple bamboo mat to cover the floor; and of Sabi: a single flower in a simple vase, a painting of a mountain with a single figure ascending it, a boat on a vast expanse of water, and a solo singer singing songs of unrequited love. Try to come up with an example of something you own, have seen, or experienced that illustrates these concepts. Do your best and do not be discouraged.


(5 pts)    7.      How does the processing of green tea differ from that of black tea?


(10 pts)  8.      How was chocolate consumed by the indigenous people of Central America? How did the Europeans alter the way chocolate was prepared? When were the first chocolate candies produced? What was Milton Hershey’s contribution to the processing of chocolate candy?


(5 pts)    9.      What is your favorite type of chocolate and why—describe what you like about your favorite. If you do not eat chocolate, answer the same question with respect to coffee or tea. If you do not consume any of these materials, describe your favorite fruit and give one reason why it is your favorite.


(5 pts)    10.    What is the kola nut? What plant does it come from and how is it used?

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