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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. Corn is one of the only plants that is adaptable to _________.
(a) Weather.
(b) Hybridization.
(c) Drought.
(d) Pesticides.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. The grass also gets a chance to ________ when the cattle is moved around.
(a) Grow.
(b) Move.
(c) Die.
(d) Recover.

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

12. 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.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Salatin points out that being ________ doesn't necessarily mean that a farm is also going to be sustainable.

2. As a result of the new government agreement, the market is flooded with _______ corn.

3. What is NOT one of the things that humans consult in order to determine what they will and will not eat?

4. Humans are not a perfect natural system in the food system because they can only _______ so much food.

5. Every day, the ________ pens are moved to ensure that the droppings spread evenly.

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