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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. Pairing raw fish with _______ makes sense as this condiment had antibacterial properties.
(a) Spices.
(b) Rice.
(c) Ginger.
(d) Wasabi.

2. Assuming a higher intelligence in humans does not equate to a right to use others for our own _________.
(a) Press.
(b) Protests.
(c) Ends.
(d) Books.

3. Both food that is prepared and harvested as well as that from a store should be a part of an occasional _______ meal.
(a) Birthday.
(b) Dinner.
(c) Reminder.
(d) Ritual.

4. The family _______, one of the remaining parts of America's food culture, is in decline, according to Pollan.
(a) Supper.
(b) Breakfast.
(c) Tea.
(d) Dinner.

5. What would the company that raised Pollan's steer not allow him to do?
(a) Come to see the farm.
(b) Take any notes.
(c) Watch it be processed.
(d) Pay for his steer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pollan admits that losing ________ does force the human to lose a part of his or her culture as well as his or her nature.

2. What was the primary emotion that Pollan feels when he shoots and kills his first boar?

3. Bev notes that he only has to sell the idea of the ______ in order to sell the higher priced food.

4. Some believe that human ________ is different from that of animals because humans are capable of suffering.

5. Garro brings a ________ from the boar that Pollan killed on his hunting trip.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Pollan begin to experience after a day of hunting for a wild boar?

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

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

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

8. What does Pollan feel when a boar is right before him and his gun was not cocked?

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

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

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