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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) Boozefest.
(d) Issue.

2. Corn began to rise to fame when the government war factories turned into __________ factories.
(a) Commerce.
(b) Military.
(c) Reduction.
(d) Peacetime.

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

4. Corn takes in more carbon _______ during the process of photosynthesis than other plants.
(a) 10.
(b) 13.
(c) 9.
(d) 12.

5. What does Pollan begin helping Salatin do when this chapter begins?
(a) Add fertilizer.
(b) Weed the land.
(c) Make hay.
(d) Milk a cow.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pollan hopes to bring the reader back to their original _______ of food.

2. Each acre of corn, according to Pollan needs to have _________ gallons of fossil fuel to support it.

3. Salatin is a strong believer in farming in line with one's ___________, as seen in a phone call with Pollan.

4. _______ was mass produced because of all of the corn that was grown at the time of the alcohol period in the country.

5. The lack of a food _______ is something that causes humans to be susceptible to food fads.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Pollan point out about the loss of meat in one's diet?

6. Why do humans seem to eat what other humans eat, according to Pollan?

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

8. Why is Pollan disgusted by the picture of him with a pig that he hunted?

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

10. What are some of the ways in which humans have learned to overcome the plant's defenses?

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