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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. In the early 19th century, Americans were drinking more alcohol, which cause the Alcohol _________.
(a) Economy.
(b) Republic.
(c) Issue.
(d) Boozefest.

2. What is NOT one of the parts of corn that is separated out in the newly used process?
(a) Skin.
(b) Germ.
(c) Stalk.
(d) Endosperm.

3. The grass also gets a chance to ________ when the cattle is moved around.
(a) Move.
(b) Recover.
(c) Die.
(d) Grow.

4. To help combat how much a person can eat, the food industry has created ________ starch that can allow people to eat more.
(a) Resistant.
(b) Truthful.
(c) Combatant.
(d) Liquid.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Salatin uses the animals to create a _________ system that also bolsters efficiency on the farm.

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

4. Where does Pollan find himself first questioning what the food on the market is made of?

5. Every day, Salatin moves his cattle to a new _________ every day to ensure balance.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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