The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Pollan
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Corn is also able to limit the ______ lost during the process of photosynthesis, according to the book.

2. Humans are not a perfect natural system in the food system because they can only _______ so much food.

3. Synthetic _______, invented by Fritz Haber as a side effect of his work on bombs in Germany, meant that crops could be grown without care about the amount of this substance on the Earth.

4. Pollan looks over the land and it makes him think of _________, which is something marketers now try to sell.

5. The _________ is one of the specialized animals that Pollan points out as having no issues with eating.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is another impact of the push for corn in farming, related to another type of industrialized food supply?

2. What are three of the benefits to grass farming, as outlined by Pollan?

3. What does Pollan point out as a downside of there being more organic farms around today?

4. What did Pollan feel about the meal that he had that was made from all organic foods?

5. What are the reasons why Pollan calls farms and humans imperfect natural systems?

6. Why is high fructose corn syrup used in sodas today instead of regular sugar?

7. What is corn starch broken down into after it has been processed in the wet milling process?

8. What are some of the other creatures and ingredients that are a part of the picture of the natural cow eating the natural grass?

9. What happened as a result of corn having mutated early on in its use?

10. Why does most of the corn planting farming rely on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO)?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Salatin's farming methods focus on efficiency and building up a system that helps maintain itself.

Part 1: How do you think industrial farms lack efficiency?

Part 2: Why do you think natural farming methods are more efficient?

Part 3: Do you think every farmer can be more efficient?

Essay Topic 2

At one point, the book brings up the idea that food should be the next revolution in America.

Part 1: Why might food be the basis for a new revolution?

Part 2: Do you think food is something that is causing divisiveness in the country today?

Part 3: How do you think the food supply might change if there was a revolution?

Essay Topic 3

The way that the cows are handled in industrial farms allows more chance of disease to the cow and to the human who eats the beef.

Part 1: How do you think animals should be treated when they are being raised as food?

Part 2: Do you think it's right to eat animals?

Part 3: Why do you think animals' health and well-being aren't always supported by those who raise them?

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