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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. Salatin's ______ invented many of the methods of farming that are used on the farm today.
(a) Mother.
(b) Brother.
(c) Aunt.
(d) Father.

2. What does Pollan admit about the chickens that Salatin sells on his farm?
(a) Bigger breasts.
(b) Higher price.
(c) Smaller size.
(d) Lower quality.

3. Corn became a _________ because of its many applications for use by the settlers.
(a) Fuel.
(b) Commodity.
(c) Drink.
(d) Problem.

4. Pollan hopes to bring the reader back to their original _______ of food.
(a) Religion.
(b) Source.
(c) Book.
(d) Idea.

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

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

7. What store does Pollan go to in order to begin creating a store-purchased organic meal?
(a) Trader Joe's.
(b) Whole Foods.
(c) Richard's Organic Foods.
(d) Cassandra's.

8. Pollan points out that the industrial method of farming has led to increased ________ and polluted groundwater.
(a) Pollution.
(b) Food supplies.
(c) Energy.
(d) Oil wells.

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

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

11. Each acre of corn, according to Pollan needs to have _________ gallons of fossil fuel to support it.
(a) 30.
(b) 29.
(c) 25.
(d) 50.

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

13. Organic farms might still look like industrial farms, but they do not use ___________.
(a) Chickens.
(b) Chemicals.
(c) Rules.
(d) Metals.

14. As the food companies produced more corn, they create more _________ as it is cheaper than sugar.
(a) Corn oil.
(b) Alcohol.
(c) Artificial sweeteners.
(d) High fructose corn syrup.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. By _______, the government became involved in the organic market, as it sought to define what it meant to be organic.

2. In what part of the body can one determine just how much corn is being eaten by the person?

3. The soda industry began to ______ their sodas, which led people to drink more and to buy more.

4. Salatin pushes for the right to opt out of ____________ of his farm, according to the book.

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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