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. In a bad corn year, the food industry might use __________ as a replacement in many foods.

2. As a result of the new government agreement, the market is flooded with _______ corn.

3. What does Naylor avoid when he is growing his crop on his farm?

4. What store does Pollan go to in order to begin creating a store-purchased organic meal?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What indicates a higher ratio of corn being eaten in a human's diet?

2. What happens to the cows that produce organic milk for places like Whole Foods, according to Pollan?

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

4. What does Pollan note as being a problem with organic foods being labeled as organic, as shown in the example of the lettuce?

5. What are the environmental results of the industrial method of farming, as Pollan finds out?

6. What does Pollan point out as being the ingredients that are in a common breakfast cereal?

7. What is the history of Polyface Farm, according to the book?

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

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

10. What does Pollan point out is the start of any of the foods in the food chain, which came as a surprise to him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The organic farmers talk about how there is a price to pay when they want to be productive.

Part 1: Do you think that organic farming can ever be pure farming?

Part 2: Why do you think that organic farmers still grow their crops in an industrial way?

Part 3: Is there anything wrong with organic farmers being more industrial in their techniques?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Polyface Farm also strives to live off the grid in an effort to use as few resources as possible.

Part 1: Do you think it's possible for you to live without depending on the grid?

Part 2: Why do you think a person might want to live off the grid?

Part 3: How would your live change if you were to start living off the grid?

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