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. At the beginning of the food chain is ________, which surprised Pollan when he realized this.

2. Corn takes in more carbon _______ during the process of photosynthesis than other plants.

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

4. Where do all of the parts of the corn end up in as a result of the new process to separate its parts?

5. What do many farmers rely on in order to create higher yields at their farms?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reason why Garro hunts for the food in the woods?

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

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

4. What does Pollan begin to experience after a day of hunting for a wild boar?

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

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

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

8. Describe the Salatin farm as Pollan views it in the book from his experiences visiting there.

9. What does Pollan suggest that our intelligence allows a person to do that an animal cannot?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 supersizing of foods and drinks has led to more sales for the soda drink companies.

Part 1: What do you think about the idea of supersizing your meals?

Part 2: Do you think that the idea of supersizing may have contributed to the growing obesity problem?

Part 3: Why do you think people tend to enjoy the idea of supersizing their meals and drinks?

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