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. What is the underlying foundation of the entire Salatin farm, according to Pollan?

2. Salatin's is an _________ farm, dedicated to the old agrarian ideas of how things should be grown.

3. Gene Kahn is the founder of ______ Farm, which is a giant organic company that uses industrial methods.

4. What were the programs that were set up in order to help farmers during the rougher years?

5. Corn is one of the only plants that is adaptable to _________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the three different parts of the food chain that Pollan follows in this book?

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

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

4. What is the hybrid corn that is described in this section of the book?

5. What does the lack of a good culture in America cause among people?

6. What are some of the compounds that are derived from the various parts of the corn kernel?

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

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

9. What happens during the wet mill process of processing corn?

10. What does a person need to know in order to succeed with grass farming?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pollan is surprised by the many things he learns about his food and where it comes from.

Part 1: Do you know where your food comes from?

Part 2: Why do you think people don't often think about where their food comes from?

Part 3: Do you feel it is important to know where your food comes from?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The main theme of the book is the omnivore's dilemma and it's one that Pollan returns to again and again.

Part 1: Do you think you face a dilemma when you sit down to eat?

Part 2: Why do you think Pollan believes that the dilemma is important?

Part 3: Should people think about where their food comes from or why they choose certain foods?

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