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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. _________ changed the way that humans ate, and put humans at the top of the food chain.
(a) Gathering.
(b) Cooking.
(c) Hunting.
(d) Stores.

2. 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) Terror.
(b) Disgust.
(c) Shame.
(d) Anger.

3. What does Pollan need to prepare for that allows him to become more aware of his natural surroundings?
(a) Hunting license.
(b) His book's deadline.
(c) Final meal.
(d) First meal.

4. What does Pollan decide that he wants to gather from a local pond, though he ends up not using it?
(a) Seaweed.
(b) Mushroom.
(c) Salt.
(d) Algae.

5. Bev sells to _______ worried about their children, and for those choosing to opt out of the industrial system.
(a) Priests.
(b) Young brothers.
(c) Young fathers.
(d) Young mothers.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Pollan wants to say ________ to the animals for the meal, but realizes this is already in the meal.

3. Pollan wants to create a meal in full ________ of the foods involved and how they came to be on his table.

4. Pollan thinks that if stores had to include __________ of how an item was produced, people would change their eating habits.

5. A new economy, based on a new way of __________, demands a new kind of eating where people enjoy preparing meals.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Garro bring to the meal that Pollan has already asked him to bring?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Salatin suggest stores should do with their food which might make consumers shop differently?

7. What does Pollan attempt to do as he is reading the book "Animal Liberation"?

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

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

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

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