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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. 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.

2. In what part of the body can one determine just how much corn is being eaten by the person?
(a) Flesh.
(b) Hair.
(c) Nails.
(d) Teeth.

3. Corn is also self _______ and wind pollinated, which is a process that Pollan describes in detail.
(a) Growing.
(b) Fertilized.
(c) Pollinated.
(d) Spread.

4. The push for corn has also led to the industrialization of _______ farms, according to Naylor.
(a) Dairy.
(b) Wheat.
(c) Soybean.
(d) Animal.

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

6. What do many farmers rely on in order to create higher yields at their farms?
(a) Water.
(b) Pesticides.
(c) Fertilizers.
(d) GMOs.

7. The Naylor farm has turned from a diverse farm to one that has become a _________ production mecca.
(a) Corn.
(b) Barley.
(c) Wheat.
(d) Soybean.

8. Corn takes in more carbon _______ during the process of photosynthesis than other plants.
(a) 12.
(b) 10.
(c) 9.
(d) 13.

9. The lack of a food _______ is something that causes humans to be susceptible to food fads.
(a) Bible.
(b) Diet.
(c) Rulebook.
(d) Culture.

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

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

12. The factories from the war time began to produce ________ for farmers to help with their crops.
(a) Fertilizers.
(b) GMOs.
(c) Wheat.
(d) Organic blends.

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

14. Corn ________ early on to mass produce, but this also made the plant dependent on humans and animals.
(a) Grew.
(b) Reproduced.
(c) Died.
(d) Mutated.

15. What takes corn meal, corn starch, and corn sweetener to make?
(a) Cheese.
(b) Quiche.
(c) Breakfast cereal.
(d) Hamburgers.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many generations have been at the Salatin farm, all committed to alternative farming?

2. Hybrid corn is a __________ hog, according to this chapter, and is able to be grown without disruption of fertility issues.

3. Pollan argues that Salatin's method of farming is far more efficient in terms of _________ to produce calories.

4. In a bad corn year, the food industry might use __________ as a replacement in many foods.

5. Where do all of the parts of the corn end up in as a result of the new process to separate its parts?

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