The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Test | Final Test - Easy

Michael Pollan
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The family _______, one of the remaining parts of America's food culture, is in decline, according to Pollan.
(a) Breakfast.
(b) Dinner.
(c) Supper.
(d) Tea.

2. What is Pollan eating when he attempts to read Peter Singer's book?
(a) Steak.
(b) McDonald's.
(c) Fish.
(d) A salad.

3. Pollan and the guests at the dinner achieve the pleasures of the ________, a camaraderie during the meal.
(a) Farm.
(b) Food.
(c) Table.
(d) Truth.

4. Local _______ love Polyface because their products are exceptionally tasty and have more full flavor.
(a) Grocers.
(b) Teachers.
(c) Chefs.
(d) Nursing homes.

5. Pollan doesn't feel the same about the picture a few months later and wonders which emotion is more accurate - the happiness or the ________.
(a) Anger.
(b) Terror.
(c) Disgust.
(d) Shame.

6. Overcoming human senses had sometimes been vital, as in the case of bitter ______________.
(a) Medicinal plants.
(b) Teas.
(c) Meats.
(d) Spices.

7. Pollan notes it is ironic that in order to make a delicious meal, one must destroy a _______ first.
(a) Way of life.
(b) Night.
(c) Food.
(d) Ecosystem.

8. Humans, when faced with a new _______, often take a small amount and wait for the results.
(a) Person.
(b) Food.
(c) Decision.
(d) Book.

9. Pollan admits that losing ________ does force the human to lose a part of his or her culture as well as his or her nature.
(a) Vegetables.
(b) Meat.
(c) Grains.
(d) Corn.

10. The meal also brings ________ to the table, which is another way of saying thanks to the animals.
(a) Grace.
(b) Culture.
(c) Honor.
(d) Reserve.

11. Pollan has never ________ before he begins the new opportunity to learn about food chains.
(a) Stolen.
(b) Baked.
(c) Cooked.
(d) Hunted.

12. Store purchased foods, according to Salatin, do not take into consideration environmental and health ________.
(a) Costs.
(b) Instructions.
(c) Movements.
(d) Benefits.

13. The meal was perfect, according to Pollan, not because of the food, but he took part in the ________ and preparation.
(a) Arranging.
(b) Choosing.
(c) Spicing.
(d) Killing.

14. How many ways can a person obtain the foods from Salatin's farm?
(a) Ten.
(b) Five.
(c) Four.
(d) None.

15. What does Pollan decide that he wants to gather from a local pond, though he ends up not using it?
(a) Seaweed.
(b) Algae.
(c) Salt.
(d) Mushroom.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pollan points out that humans are happy to eat what _________ eat, as this communicates the safety of food.

2. Bev notes that he only has to sell the idea of the ______ in order to sell the higher priced food.

3. Pollan wants to create a meal in full ________ of the foods involved and how they came to be on his table.

4. Pollan sees some mushrooms which he believes to be ___________, though he is not sure enough to eat them.

5. _________ changed the way that humans ate, and put humans at the top of the food chain.

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