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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 began to rise to fame when the government war factories turned into __________ factories.
(a) Reduction.
(b) Peacetime.
(c) Military.
(d) Commerce.

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

3. To combat the human end of the imperfect system, marketers add ______ to their raw product -- making it a novelty.
(a) Value.
(b) Prices.
(c) Packaging.
(d) Sugars.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The soda industry began to ______ their sodas, which led people to drink more and to buy more.

3. In what part of the body can one determine just how much corn is being eaten by the person?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Pollan feel about the meal that he had that was made from all organic foods?

2. What is the history of Polyface Farm, according to the book?

3. What does Pollan note as being a problem with organic foods being labeled as organic, as shown in the example of the lettuce?

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

5. What are some of the other creatures and ingredients that are a part of the picture of the natural cow eating the natural grass?

6. What does the Salatin farm not need to use because it practices other methods of pest control and fertilization?

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

8. Why is high fructose corn syrup used in sodas today instead of regular sugar?

9. What is another impact of the push for corn in farming, related to another type of industrialized food supply?

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

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