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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. Salatin's ______ invented many of the methods of farming that are used on the farm today.
(a) Father.
(b) Mother.
(c) Brother.
(d) Aunt.

2. Though the process of _________, animals can be fed, which then leads to the feeding of humans, too.
(a) Photosynthesis.
(b) Water.
(c) Hard work.
(d) Seasons.

3. The Naylor farm has turned from a diverse farm to one that has become a _________ production mecca.
(a) Soybean.
(b) Corn.
(c) Wheat.
(d) Barley.

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

5. What is the name of the once trash strewn park that was turned into a community garden?
(a) Garden Park.
(b) Berkeley Park.
(c) People's Park.
(d) Roller Park.

Short Answer Questions

1. A new program was introduced to pay the farmers directly for the difference in price between the target and the selling price of ________.

2. The farm and the human are two ________ natural systems that the food industry relies on.

3. Hybrid corn is a __________ hog, according to this chapter, and is able to be grown without disruption of fertility issues.

4. What is the name of the development lab that Pollan visits in order to learn more about corn?

5. What were the programs that were set up in order to help farmers during the rougher years?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the reasons why Pollan calls farms and humans imperfect natural systems?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the main idea behind the process of grass farming?

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

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

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

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

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