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

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

3. What is the process by which corn is changed into different parts?
(a) Wet mill.
(b) Dry mill.
(c) Wet substrate.
(d) Dry dock.

4. Many of the products at the health store where Pollan shops contain foods from the _________ food chain.
(a) Organic.
(b) Industrial.
(c) Grass.
(d) Local farmer.

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. Gene Kahn is the founder of ______ Farm, which is a giant organic company that uses industrial methods.
(a) Cascadian.
(b) Clover.
(c) Manchester.
(d) Morley.

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

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

13. Salatin uses the animals to create a _________ system that also bolsters efficiency on the farm.
(a) Pastoral.
(b) Embryonic.
(c) Symbiotic.
(d) Probiotic.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Pollan isn't surprised that the ________ doesn't encourage Salatin's farming since he buys almost nothing to support it.

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

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

4. As the food companies produced more corn, they create more _________ as it is cheaper than sugar.

5. Corn ________ early on to mass produce, but this also made the plant dependent on humans and animals.

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