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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. To combat the human end of the imperfect system, marketers add ______ to their raw product -- making it a novelty.
(a) Packaging.
(b) Value.
(c) Sugars.
(d) Prices.

2. Salatin's is an _________ farm, dedicated to the old agrarian ideas of how things should be grown.
(a) All free.
(b) All inclusive.
(c) Alternative.
(d) Ambient.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The invention of synthetic materials also meant that _________ would become necessary to fix the nitrogen.

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

4. Since they don't have to worry about nitrogen, farmers no longer have to ________ their crops to ensure soil fertility.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the fundamental argument in Singer's book about the ethics of meat?

2. What does Pollan suggest that our intelligence allows a person to do that an animal cannot?

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

4. What is Pollan surprised about when he begins to eat the meal that he has prepared?

5. What does Pollan begin to experience after a day of hunting for a wild boar?

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

7. What are some of the downsides for shopping for local, sustainably grown foods?

8. Why are the chicken pens slowly moved around the pasture during the day?

9. Why is there a national eating disorder, according to Pollan's findings?

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

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