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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. What is the underlying foundation of the entire Salatin farm, according to Pollan?
(a) Grass.
(b) Wheat.
(c) Chickens.
(d) Corn.

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

3. What does the farmer use to cover the chicken waste in the compost pile?
(a) Manure.
(b) Wood chips.
(c) Apples.
(d) Soil.

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

5. As a result of the new government agreement, the market is flooded with _______ corn.
(a) Blue.
(b) Purple.
(c) Cheap.
(d) High quality.

Short Answer Questions

1. The increased ______ of corn has meant a drop in crop space for other plants, according to Naylor.

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

3. To help combat how much a person can eat, the food industry has created ________ starch that can allow people to eat more.

4. How many atoms does corn utilize during photosynthesis, unlike others?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the cows that produce organic milk for places like Whole Foods, according to Pollan?

2. What does the lack of a good culture in America cause among people?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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