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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. Where do all of the parts of the corn end up in as a result of the new process to separate its parts?
(a) Bottled water.
(b) Processed foods.
(c) Egg sandwiches.
(d) Breads.

2. Pollan hopes to bring the reader back to their original _______ of food.
(a) Source.
(b) Book.
(c) Idea.
(d) Religion.

3. Pollan argues that Salatin's method of farming is far more efficient in terms of _________ to produce calories.
(a) People.
(b) Wind.
(c) Calories.
(d) Fuel.

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

5. Where does Pollan find himself first questioning what the food on the market is made of?
(a) Farm.
(b) Camp.
(c) Supermarket.
(d) Forest.

Short Answer Questions

1. As the food companies produced more corn, they create more _________ as it is cheaper than sugar.

2. What were the programs that were set up in order to help farmers during the rougher years?

3. Salatin's ______ invented many of the methods of farming that are used on the farm today.

4. Hybrid corn is a __________ hog, according to this chapter, and is able to be grown without disruption of fertility issues.

5. What is the name of the farm that Salatin runs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens during the wet mill process of processing corn?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are the three different parts of the food chain that Pollan follows in this book?

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

9. What indicates a higher ratio of corn being eaten in a human's diet?

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

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