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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. _______ was mass produced because of all of the corn that was grown at the time of the alcohol period in the country.
(a) Whiskey.
(b) Vodka.
(c) Rum.
(d) Vermouth.

2. Organic farms might still look like industrial farms, but they do not use ___________.
(a) Rules.
(b) Metals.
(c) Chemicals.
(d) Chickens.

3. At the beginning of the food chain is ________, which surprised Pollan when he realized this.
(a) Corn.
(b) Cows.
(c) Sugar.
(d) Flour.

4. The _________ is one of the specialized animals that Pollan points out as having no issues with eating.
(a) Koala.
(b) Mosquito.
(c) Lion.
(d) Horse.

5. Where do all of the parts of the corn end up in as a result of the new process to separate its parts?
(a) Bottled water.
(b) Egg sandwiches.
(c) Processed foods.
(d) Breads.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the book that is considered to be the organic grower's bible?

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

3. What does Pollan admit about the chickens that Salatin sells on his farm?

4. What is the process by which corn is changed into different parts?

5. Many of the products at the health store where Pollan shops contain foods from the _________ food chain.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why do humans have the problem of the omnivore's dilemma, according to Pollan?

8. Why does most of the corn planting farming rely on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO)?

9. What are some of the compounds that are derived from the various parts of the corn kernel?

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

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