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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. Pollan tries to be vegetarian, but gives it up as he finds it less ________ and much more difficult.
(a) Innovative.
(b) Socially acceptable.
(c) Nutritious.
(d) Exciting.

2. 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?
(a) Cow.
(b) Fish.
(c) Chimp.
(d) Horse.

3. Garro offers to help Pollan go out to look for __________ with others.
(a) Chanterelles.
(b) White mushrooms.
(c) Morels.
(d) Abalones.

4. Singer argues that a lifetime of __________ for an animal does not justify the pleasure of a man's taste buds.
(a) Revelation.
(b) Freedom.
(c) Suffering.
(d) Boredom.

5. The alliance between chefs and small farmers is what helps _____________ flourish.
(a) Schools.
(b) Grocery stores.
(c) Local economies.
(d) Cooking schools.

Short Answer Questions

1. Pollan is disgusted when he looks at a picture of himself with his kill and sees ________.

2. Who has helped Bev out by giving him a lot of produce to get by?

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

4. Overcoming human senses had sometimes been vital, as in the case of bitter ______________.

5. Pollan also makes two entrees, one of grilled and one of braised __________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is there a national eating disorder, according to Pollan's findings?

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

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

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

6. What is Pollan surprised about when he begins to eat the meal that he has prepared?

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

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

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

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

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