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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. Bev notes that he only has to sell the idea of the ______ in order to sell the higher priced food.
(a) Organics.
(b) Fertilizer.
(c) Farm.
(d) Health benefits.

2. A new economy, based on a new way of __________, demands a new kind of eating where people enjoy preparing meals.
(a) Farming.
(b) Shopping.
(c) Buying.
(d) Delivering.

3. Pollan sees some mushrooms which he believes to be ___________, though he is not sure enough to eat them.
(a) Ordinary.
(b) Morel.
(c) Reishi.
(d) Chanterelles.

4. The local food movement doesn't have to combat ___________; it simply offers an alternative, according to Pollan.
(a) Organic foods.
(b) Disease.
(c) Hunting and gathering.
(d) Industrialization.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Humans, when faced with a new _______, often take a small amount and wait for the results.

2. What is the name of the person that Pollan goes with to deliver the foods to local restaurants?

3. The meal was perfect, according to Pollan, not because of the food, but he took part in the ________ and preparation.

4. Pollan notes it is ironic that in order to make a delicious meal, one must destroy a _______ first.

5. Bentham makes the argument that if there are some humans that lack the brainpower of a ________, why are they still included in the moral argument?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ortega y Gasset have to say about the idea of hunting?

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

3. What does Pollan believe that CAFO does not take into consideration when processing meat?

4. What does Pollan try to make, but then decides that he shouldn't use it because it doesn't seem right?

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

6. What does Pollan begin to realize as he is preparing for his hunter's license?

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

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

9. What is the irony that Pollan sees when he is looking over the delicious meal?

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

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