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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. _______ was mass produced because of all of the corn that was grown at the time of the alcohol period in the country.
(a) Whiskey.
(b) Rum.
(c) Vodka.
(d) Vermouth.

3. Every day, the ________ pens are moved to ensure that the droppings spread evenly.
(a) Chicken.
(b) Pig.
(c) Horse.
(d) Cow.

4. Pollan looks over the land and it makes him think of _________, which is something marketers now try to sell.
(a) Postcard.
(b) Pastoral.
(c) Ancient.
(d) Family.

5. How many atoms does corn utilize during photosynthesis, unlike others?
(a) Three.
(b) One.
(c) Four.
(d) Two.

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

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

8. Salatin pushes for the right to opt out of ____________ of his farm, according to the book.
(a) Government protection.
(b) Industrialization.
(c) Colonization.
(d) USDA rules.

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

10. What does the farmer use to cover the chicken waste in the compost pile?
(a) Wood chips.
(b) Apples.
(c) Manure.
(d) Soil.

11. In the early 19th century, Americans were drinking more alcohol, which cause the Alcohol _________.
(a) Boozefest.
(b) Issue.
(c) Economy.
(d) Republic.

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

13. Over time, corn has become everything humans need to be a staple of the _________ food chain.
(a) Industrialized.
(b) Organic.
(c) Plentiful.
(d) Hunter-gatherer.

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

15. Salatin is a strong believer in farming in line with one's ___________, as seen in a phone call with Pollan.
(a) Season cycle.
(b) Family.
(c) Horses.
(d) World view.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the farm that Salatin runs?

2. Where does Pollan find himself first questioning what the food on the market is made of?

3. What does Pollan begin helping Salatin do when this chapter begins?

4. The push for corn has also led to the industrialization of _______ farms, according to Naylor.

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

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