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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. Hybrid corn is a __________ hog, according to this chapter, and is able to be grown without disruption of fertility issues.
(a) Fertilizer.
(b) Soil.
(c) Bean.
(d) Water.

2. What is NOT one of the threads of the worldwide food chain that humans fit into?
(a) The organic chain.
(b) The industrial chain.
(c) The hunter-gatherer chain.
(d) The dairy market.

3. Salatin uses the animals to create a _________ system that also bolsters efficiency on the farm.
(a) Pastoral.
(b) Probiotic.
(c) Embryonic.
(d) Symbiotic.

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

5. What is NOT one of the parts of corn that is separated out in the newly used process?
(a) Skin.
(b) Endosperm.
(c) Germ.
(d) Stalk.

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

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

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

9. The push for corn has also led to the industrialization of _______ farms, according to Naylor.
(a) Wheat.
(b) Dairy.
(c) Animal.
(d) Soybean.

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

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

12. Salatin points out that being ________ doesn't necessarily mean that a farm is also going to be sustainable.
(a) Industrial.
(b) Gathering.
(c) Organic.
(d) Natural.

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

14. What is the name of the farm that Salatin runs?
(a) Polyjuice.
(b) Polyanna.
(c) Polyfarm.
(d) Polyface.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Every day, Salatin moves his cattle to a new _________ every day to ensure balance.

2. To help combat how much a person can eat, the food industry has created ________ starch that can allow people to eat more.

3. Each acre of corn, according to Pollan needs to have _________ gallons of fossil fuel to support it.

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

5. Pollan points out that the Republic of _______ exists today because of all of the excess corn in the market.

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