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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. Though the process of _________, animals can be fed, which then leads to the feeding of humans, too.
(a) Photosynthesis.
(b) Hard work.
(c) Seasons.
(d) Water.

2. In what part of the body can one determine just how much corn is being eaten by the person?
(a) Teeth.
(b) Hair.
(c) Flesh.
(d) Nails.

3. Many of the products at the health store where Pollan shops contain foods from the _________ food chain.
(a) Local farmer.
(b) Grass.
(c) Industrial.
(d) Organic.

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

5. Salatin is a strong believer in farming in line with one's ___________, as seen in a phone call with Pollan.
(a) Family.
(b) Horses.
(c) Season cycle.
(d) World view.

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

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

8. The farm and the human are two ________ natural systems that the food industry relies on.
(a) Perfect.
(b) Malleable.
(c) Imperfect.
(d) Complicated.

9. The idea behind grass farming is that the ________ is the most natural and renewable source of energy.
(a) Sun.
(b) Land.
(c) Water.
(d) Worker.

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

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

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

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

14. Pollan isn't surprised that the ________ doesn't encourage Salatin's farming since he buys almost nothing to support it.
(a) Big box stores.
(b) Neighboring farmers.
(c) Government.
(d) Feed lots.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the underlying foundation of the entire Salatin farm, according to Pollan?

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

3. To combat the human end of the imperfect system, marketers add ______ to their raw product -- making it a novelty.

4. Who introduced the idea of using corn to the English settlers?

5. What is the name of the once trash strewn park that was turned into a community garden?

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