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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. Where does Pollan take his family at the end of this section of the book?
(a) McDonald's.
(b) Wendy's.
(c) Taco Bell.
(d) Burger King.

2. Wallerstein originally worked for a _______ where he learned he could entice people to buy more with larger sizes.
(a) Library.
(b) Movie theater.
(c) Restaurant.
(d) University.

3. Corn is one of the only plants that is adaptable to _________.
(a) Pesticides.
(b) Hybridization.
(c) Drought.
(d) Weather.

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

5. Where is the farm that George Naylor runs when Pollan goes to visit him to learn more?
(a) Ohio.
(b) Iowa.
(c) Kansas.
(d) Nebraska.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pollan points out that the industrial method of farming has led to increased ________ and polluted groundwater.

2. Corn is also self _______ and wind pollinated, which is a process that Pollan describes in detail.

3. Corn ________ early on to mass produce, but this also made the plant dependent on humans and animals.

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

5. Salatin points out that being ________ doesn't necessarily mean that a farm is also going to be sustainable.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Pollan feel when a boar is right before him and his gun was not cocked?

3. What are three of the benefits to grass farming, as outlined by Pollan?

4. What does Pollan believe that CAFO does not take into consideration when processing meat?

5. What does Ortega y Gasset have to say about the idea of hunting?

6. What is corn starch broken down into after it has been processed in the wet milling process?

7. Why does Salatin disagree with the argument that organic food costs too much?

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

9. What is in the meal that Pollan makes at the end of this section, which he describes as being phenomenal?

10. How does Pollan change his eating habits after reading "Animal Liberation"?

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