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

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

3. Though the process of _________, animals can be fed, which then leads to the feeding of humans, too.
(a) Hard work.
(b) Seasons.
(c) Photosynthesis.
(d) Water.

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

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

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

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

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

9. The lack of a food _______ is something that causes humans to be susceptible to food fads.
(a) Culture.
(b) Rulebook.
(c) Diet.
(d) Bible.

10. Corn began to rise to fame when the government war factories turned into __________ factories.
(a) Peacetime.
(b) Military.
(c) Reduction.
(d) Commerce.

11. Corn takes in more carbon _______ during the process of photosynthesis than other plants.
(a) 10.
(b) 9.
(c) 12.
(d) 13.

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

13. In many CAFOs, the _______ of pigs are cut off in response to the aggressive behavior they have in those conditions.
(a) Noses.
(b) Ears.
(c) Tails.
(d) Legs.

14. At the beginning of the food chain is ________, which surprised Pollan when he realized this.
(a) Flour.
(b) Cows.
(c) Sugar.
(d) Corn.

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) Horses.
(c) World view.
(d) Family.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the early 19th century, Americans were drinking more alcohol, which cause the Alcohol _________.

2. Who introduced the idea of using corn to the English settlers?

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

4. The invention of synthetic materials also meant that _________ would become necessary to fix the nitrogen.

5. What do many farmers rely on in order to create higher yields at their farms?

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