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

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

3. What were the programs that were set up in order to help farmers during the rougher years?
(a) FFA.
(b) New Deal.
(c) FSA.
(d) HSA.

4. The pastures are filled with native grasses that actually benefit from ____________.
(a) Organic yogurt.
(b) Mowing.
(c) Fertilizers.
(d) Grazing.

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

6. What is the ingredient that is broken into glucose and sweeteners, including high fructose corn syrup?
(a) Corn husks.
(b) Corn mallow.
(c) Corn meal.
(d) Corn starch.

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

8. What is the name of the farm that Salatin runs?
(a) Polyjuice.
(b) Polyanna.
(c) Polyfarm.
(d) Polyface.

9. Humans are not a perfect natural system in the food system because they can only _______ so much food.
(a) Make.
(b) Buy.
(c) Throw away.
(d) Consume.

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

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

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

13. What helps to reduce evaporation in the fields, and help to produce more carbon for the plants in the farm?
(a) Cows.
(b) Trees.
(c) Pigs.
(d) Waters.

14. Who introduced the idea of using corn to the English settlers?
(a) Native Americans.
(b) No one.
(c) Dutch royalty.
(d) Cows.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What store does Pollan go to in order to begin creating a store-purchased organic meal?

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

3. Salatin's is an _________ farm, dedicated to the old agrarian ideas of how things should be grown.

4. Corn began to rise to fame when the government war factories turned into __________ factories.

5. What is NOT one of the parts of corn that is separated out in the newly used process?

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