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. _______ was mass produced because of all of the corn that was grown at the time of the alcohol period in the country.

2. Where is the farm that George Naylor runs when Pollan goes to visit him to learn more?

3. The manure of the _______ is spread on all of the pastures without fouling the pasture with too many droppings.

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

5. Corn is also self _______ and wind pollinated, which is a process that Pollan describes in detail.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why are the chicken pens slowly moved around the pasture during the day?

4. What is the main idea behind the process of grass farming?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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