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

2. How many atoms does corn utilize during photosynthesis, unlike others?
(a) One.
(b) Four.
(c) Three.
(d) Two.

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

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

5. In many CAFOs, the _______ of pigs are cut off in response to the aggressive behavior they have in those conditions.
(a) Legs.
(b) Noses.
(c) Ears.
(d) Tails.

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

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

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

9. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

15. 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 dairy market.
(d) The hunter-gatherer chain.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Pollan learns that most organic _______ comes from factory farms, even though they seem to be "better."

3. The grass also gets a chance to ________ when the cattle is moved around.

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

5. The Naylor farm has turned from a diverse farm to one that has become a _________ production mecca.

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