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

2. The _________ is one of the specialized animals that Pollan points out as having no issues with eating.
(a) Lion.
(b) Horse.
(c) Koala.
(d) Mosquito.

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

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

5. Where does Pollan find himself first questioning what the food on the market is made of?
(a) Forest.
(b) Farm.
(c) Supermarket.
(d) Camp.

6. 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) Potassium.
(b) Hydrogen.
(c) Nitrogen.
(d) Phosphorus.

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

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

9. _________ Farm started out as a small farm that sold pre-bagged salad mix, according to the book.
(a) Greenworks.
(b) Waterworks.
(c) Earthville.
(d) Earthbound.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The factories from the war time began to produce ________ for farmers to help with their crops.

2. How many acres of woodland help Salatin continue to live outside the modern world?

3. What is the name of the person who began to take away the programs to help the farmers?

4. Organic farms might still look like industrial farms, but they do not use ___________.

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

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