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Michael Pollan
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Pollan find himself first questioning what the food on the market is made of?
(a) Forest.
(b) Supermarket.
(c) Camp.
(d) Farm.

2. By _______, the government became involved in the organic market, as it sought to define what it meant to be organic.
(a) 2000.
(b) 1980.
(c) 1990.
(d) 1970.

3. What is the underlying foundation of the entire Salatin farm, according to Pollan?
(a) Grass.
(b) Wheat.
(c) Chickens.
(d) Corn.

4. What does Naylor avoid when he is growing his crop on his farm?
(a) GMOs.
(b) Water.
(c) Subsidies.
(d) Government help.

5. What does Pollan begin helping Salatin do when this chapter begins?
(a) Milk a cow.
(b) Make hay.
(c) Add fertilizer.
(d) Weed the land.

6. Pollan argues that Salatin's method of farming is far more efficient in terms of _________ to produce calories.
(a) Wind.
(b) Fuel.
(c) People.
(d) Calories.

7. How many generations have been at the Salatin farm, all committed to alternative farming?
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) Four.
(d) Ten.

8. Corn is one of the only plants that is adaptable to _________.
(a) Weather.
(b) Pesticides.
(c) Hybridization.
(d) Drought.

9. Pollan points out during the book that omnivores face a __________ when they eat today.
(a) Truth.
(b) Dilemma.
(c) Overabundance.
(d) Problem.

10. Wallerstein originally worked for a _______ where he learned he could entice people to buy more with larger sizes.
(a) Library.
(b) Movie theater.
(c) University.
(d) Restaurant.

11. _________ Farm started out as a small farm that sold pre-bagged salad mix, according to the book.
(a) Waterworks.
(b) Earthbound.
(c) Greenworks.
(d) Earthville.

12. Pollan learns that most organic _______ comes from factory farms, even though they seem to be "better."
(a) Crackers.
(b) Milk.
(c) Chips.
(d) Vegetables.

13. To help combat how much a person can eat, the food industry has created ________ starch that can allow people to eat more.
(a) Resistant.
(b) Truthful.
(c) Liquid.
(d) Combatant.

14. A new program was introduced to pay the farmers directly for the difference in price between the target and the selling price of ________.
(a) Barley.
(b) Wheat.
(c) Soybeans.
(d) Corn.

15. The invention of synthetic materials also meant that _________ would become necessary to fix the nitrogen.
(a) Fossil fuels.
(b) Solar power.
(c) Wind.
(d) Organics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the early 19th century, Americans were drinking more alcohol, which cause the Alcohol _________.

2. Salatin's ______ invented many of the methods of farming that are used on the farm today.

3. What is NOT one of the threads of the worldwide food chain that humans fit into?

4. Humans are not a perfect natural system in the food system because they can only _______ so much food.

5. Salatin is a strong believer in farming in line with one's ___________, as seen in a phone call with Pollan.

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