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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. Since they don't have to worry about nitrogen, farmers no longer have to ________ their crops to ensure soil fertility.
(a) Rotate.
(b) Plant.
(c) Weed.
(d) Salt.

2. The soda industry began to ______ their sodas, which led people to drink more and to buy more.
(a) Supersize.
(b) Add nutrients.
(c) Change the names of.
(d) Add contests to.

3. Corn ________ early on to mass produce, but this also made the plant dependent on humans and animals.
(a) Mutated.
(b) Died.
(c) Grew.
(d) Reproduced.

4. To combat the human end of the imperfect system, marketers add ______ to their raw product -- making it a novelty.
(a) Sugars.
(b) Packaging.
(c) Prices.
(d) Value.

5. 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.
(a) Nitrogen.
(b) Potassium.
(c) Phosphorus.
(d) Hydrogen.

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

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

8. What does Pollan begin helping Salatin do when this chapter begins?
(a) Add fertilizer.
(b) Milk a cow.
(c) Weed the land.
(d) Make hay.

9. The factories from the war time began to produce ________ for farmers to help with their crops.
(a) Organic blends.
(b) Wheat.
(c) GMOs.
(d) Fertilizers.

10. What is the underlying foundation of the entire Salatin farm, according to Pollan?
(a) Grass.
(b) Corn.
(c) Wheat.
(d) Chickens.

11. Where do all of the parts of the corn end up in as a result of the new process to separate its parts?
(a) Breads.
(b) Processed foods.
(c) Egg sandwiches.
(d) Bottled water.

12. What is the name of the development lab that Pollan visits in order to learn more about corn?
(a) General Mills.
(b) Birds Eye.
(c) Monsanto.
(d) Ralston Purina.

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

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

15. 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) Liquid.
(c) Combatant.
(d) Resistant.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the book that is considered to be the organic grower's bible?

2. What does Naylor avoid when he is growing his crop on his farm?

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

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

5. Corn takes in more carbon _______ during the process of photosynthesis than other plants.

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