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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. Local _______ love Polyface because their products are exceptionally tasty and have more full flavor.
(a) Nursing homes.
(b) Teachers.
(c) Grocers.
(d) Chefs.

2. Pollan argues that ______ should be the basis for a new revolution, since it is what sustains and helps define culture.
(a) Farms.
(b) Restaurants.
(c) Food.
(d) Books.

3. What does Pollan not have ready when he is about to take down a boar, causing him to feel ashamed?
(a) Stance.
(b) Hand position.
(c) Gun.
(d) Hat.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many ways can a person obtain the foods from Salatin's farm?

2. Pollan sees some mushrooms which he believes to be ___________, though he is not sure enough to eat them.

3. What is a sign that the food is something that should not be eaten again?

4. There are parts of the world, Pollan points out, where the only use of the land is for _______, otherwise it would be useless.

5. The early researcher notes that _______ can be the result of situations that remind humans of their animal nature.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Pollan point out as being a failing of the industrialized food chain?

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

9. Why is Pollan disgusted by the picture of him with a pig that he hunted?

10. What does Pollan suggest that our intelligence allows a person to do that an animal cannot?

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