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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 is the farm that George Naylor runs when Pollan goes to visit him to learn more?
(a) Nebraska.
(b) Ohio.
(c) Iowa.
(d) Kansas.

2. 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) Soybeans.
(c) Corn.
(d) Wheat.

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

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

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

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

7. Every day, Salatin moves his cattle to a new _________ every day to ensure balance.
(a) Pasture.
(b) Farm.
(c) Pen.
(d) Row.

8. What is the name of the person who began to take away the programs to help the farmers?
(a) Gerald Ford.
(b) Dwight Eisenhower.
(c) Earl Butz.
(d) Ed Burrow.

9. The farm and the human are two ________ natural systems that the food industry relies on.
(a) Complicated.
(b) Perfect.
(c) Imperfect.
(d) Malleable.

10. In a bad corn year, the food industry might use __________ as a replacement in many foods.
(a) Soybeans.
(b) Baking soda.
(c) Salt.
(d) Wheat.

11. Corn is also able to limit the ______ lost during the process of photosynthesis, according to the book.
(a) Sunlight.
(b) Calories.
(c) Water.
(d) Energy.

12. The Salatin farming method is based on _________ polyculture, and it is highly energy efficient.
(a) Biennial.
(b) Weekly.
(c) Perennial.
(d) Daily.

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

14. The manure of the _______ is spread on all of the pastures without fouling the pasture with too many droppings.
(a) Horse.
(b) Goat.
(c) Cow.
(d) Pig.

15. What is NOT one of the things that humans consult in order to determine what they will and will not eat?
(a) Culture.
(b) Memory.
(c) Taste.
(d) Animals.

Short Answer Questions

1. Over time, corn has become everything humans need to be a staple of the _________ food chain.

2. What does Naylor avoid when he is growing his crop on his farm?

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

4. The idea behind grass farming is that the ________ is the most natural and renewable source of energy.

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

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