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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. What does Bev deal in that is causing him a lot of financial problems?
(a) Cows.
(b) Cheese.
(c) Kale.
(d) Eggs.

2. What does Pollan admit he liked more than he had anticipated liking?
(a) Writing the book.
(b) Cooking.
(c) Hunting.
(d) Gathering mushrooms.

3. It is not uncommon today to have all family members eating ___________ at different times.
(a) Easy to digest foods.
(b) The same foods.
(c) Bland foods.
(d) Different foods.

4. Pollan doesn't feel the same about the picture a few months later and wonders which emotion is more accurate - the happiness or the ________.
(a) Shame.
(b) Terror.
(c) Anger.
(d) Disgust.

5. What is Pollan eating when he attempts to read Peter Singer's book?
(a) A salad.
(b) McDonald's.
(c) Fish.
(d) Steak.

Short Answer Questions

1. As ________ has become popular, animal rights activists have been highlighting the unethical treatment of animals.

2. Pollan notes that one of the lessons of hunting for food is _________, and of the relationships between man and food.

3. Who is considered to be the first researcher of the omnivore's dilemma?

4. Assuming a higher intelligence in humans does not equate to a right to use others for our own _________.

5. How many boars do Pollan and the others find when they go back to hunt after lunch?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Pollan think that the hunter-gatherer food chain is not a realistic choice?

2. What is the other part of the meal that Pollan has to abandon as a part of his plan?

3. What do omnivores do when they are faced with a new food?

4. How does Pollan change his eating habits after reading "Animal Liberation"?

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

6. What are the eating patterns in many American households today?

7. Why is Bev having troubles getting his eggs into stores and into the market?

8. What is the reason why Garro hunts for the food in the woods?

9. Where can Pollan buy some of the Salatin farm's produce?

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

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