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Michael Pollan
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Every day, the ________ pens are moved to ensure that the droppings spread evenly.
(a) Pig.
(b) Horse.
(c) Chicken.
(d) Cow.

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

4. Pollan learns that most organic _______ comes from factory farms, even though they seem to be "better."
(a) Vegetables.
(b) Crackers.
(c) Milk.
(d) Chips.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What helps to reduce evaporation in the fields, and help to produce more carbon for the plants in the farm?

2. Corn is also able to limit the ______ lost during the process of photosynthesis, according to the book.

3. What is NOT one of the things that humans consult in order to determine what they will and will not eat?

4. What takes corn meal, corn starch, and corn sweetener to make?

5. Where does Pollan find himself first questioning what the food on the market is made of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the role of Earl Butz in the corn industry, according to the book?

2. What are the environmental results of the industrial method of farming, as Pollan finds out?

3. What does Pollan point out as being the ingredients that are in a common breakfast cereal?

4. What does Pollan point out is the start of any of the foods in the food chain, which came as a surprise to him?

5. What does Naylor admit that he and most other growers grow in their corn fields?

6. What is the hybrid corn that is described in this section of the book?

7. What indicates a higher ratio of corn being eaten in a human's diet?

8. What does Pollan point out as a downside of there being more organic farms around today?

9. What does a person need to know in order to succeed with grass farming?

10. Describe the Salatin farm as Pollan views it in the book from his experiences visiting there.

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