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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 self _______ and wind pollinated, which is a process that Pollan describes in detail.
(a) Spread.
(b) Fertilized.
(c) Growing.
(d) Pollinated.

2. Pollan points out that the Republic of _______ exists today because of all of the excess corn in the market.
(a) Obesity.
(b) Diabetes.
(c) Fat.
(d) Excess.

3. What is the ingredient that is broken into glucose and sweeteners, including high fructose corn syrup?
(a) Corn meal.
(b) Corn husks.
(c) Corn mallow.
(d) Corn starch.

4. To help combat how much a person can eat, the food industry has created ________ starch that can allow people to eat more.
(a) Liquid.
(b) Combatant.
(c) Resistant.
(d) Truthful.

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

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

7. Humans are not a perfect natural system in the food system because they can only _______ so much food.
(a) Throw away.
(b) Make.
(c) Buy.
(d) Consume.

8. Where does Pollan take his family at the end of this section of the book?
(a) Wendy's.
(b) McDonald's.
(c) Burger King.
(d) Taco Bell.

9. What is the name of the person who began to take away the programs to help the farmers?
(a) Earl Butz.
(b) Gerald Ford.
(c) Dwight Eisenhower.
(d) Ed Burrow.

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

11. Pollan argues that Salatin's method of farming is far more efficient in terms of _________ to produce calories.
(a) People.
(b) Fuel.
(c) Wind.
(d) Calories.

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

13. By _______, the government became involved in the organic market, as it sought to define what it meant to be organic.
(a) 1990.
(b) 1980.
(c) 2000.
(d) 1970.

14. The invention of synthetic materials also meant that _________ would become necessary to fix the nitrogen.
(a) Wind.
(b) Organics.
(c) Solar power.
(d) Fossil fuels.

15. Organic farms might still look like industrial farms, but they do not use ___________.
(a) Chemicals.
(b) Metals.
(c) Chickens.
(d) Rules.

Short Answer Questions

1. The lack of a food _______ is something that causes humans to be susceptible to food fads.

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

3. Salatin's is an _________ farm, dedicated to the old agrarian ideas of how things should be grown.

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

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

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