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

2. What store does Pollan go to in order to begin creating a store-purchased organic meal?
(a) Cassandra's.
(b) Trader Joe's.
(c) Whole Foods.
(d) Richard's Organic Foods.

3. As a result of the new government agreement, the market is flooded with _______ corn.
(a) Purple.
(b) Blue.
(c) Cheap.
(d) High quality.

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

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

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

7. The increased ______ of corn has meant a drop in crop space for other plants, according to Naylor.
(a) Use.
(b) Production.
(c) Mutation.
(d) Planting.

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

9. What is the book that is considered to be the organic grower's bible?
(a) Growing with Dirt.
(b) Growing in the Dirt.
(c) An Agricultural Testament.
(d) A New View.

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

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

12. Salatin doesn't follow the USDA guidelines by processing his _________ in an open air building without any walls.
(a) Chickens.
(b) Fruits.
(c) Vegetables.
(d) Eggs.

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

14. Salatin's ______ invented many of the methods of farming that are used on the farm today.
(a) Brother.
(b) Father.
(c) Mother.
(d) Aunt.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the development lab that Pollan visits in order to learn more about corn?

2. Where do all of the parts of the corn end up in as a result of the new process to separate its parts?

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

4. Synthetic _______, invented by Fritz Haber as a side effect of his work on bombs in Germany, meant that crops could be grown without care about the amount of this substance on the Earth.

5. Since they don't have to worry about nitrogen, farmers no longer have to ________ their crops to ensure soil fertility.

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