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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. As the food companies produced more corn, they create more _________ as it is cheaper than sugar.
(a) Alcohol.
(b) Corn oil.
(c) High fructose corn syrup.
(d) Artificial sweeteners.

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

3. The farm and the human are two ________ natural systems that the food industry relies on.
(a) Malleable.
(b) Perfect.
(c) Complicated.
(d) Imperfect.

4. The increased ______ of corn has meant a drop in crop space for other plants, according to Naylor.
(a) Production.
(b) Use.
(c) Planting.
(d) Mutation.

5. What is NOT one of the threads of the worldwide food chain that humans fit into?
(a) The industrial chain.
(b) The dairy market.
(c) The organic chain.
(d) The hunter-gatherer chain.

Short Answer Questions

1. The soda industry began to ______ their sodas, which led people to drink more and to buy more.

2. Corn is one of the only plants that is adaptable to _________.

3. Corn is also able to limit the ______ lost during the process of photosynthesis, according to the book.

4. Where do all of the parts of the corn end up in as a result of the new process to separate its parts?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened as a result of corn having mutated early on in its use?

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

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

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

5. What are some of the other creatures and ingredients that are a part of the picture of the natural cow eating the natural grass?

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

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

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

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

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

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