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. What is the name of the once trash strewn park that was turned into a community garden?

3. A new program was introduced to pay the farmers directly for the difference in price between the target and the selling price of ________.

4. What is the name of the person who began to take away the programs to help the farmers?

5. To combat the human end of the imperfect system, marketers add ______ to their raw product -- making it a novelty.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Naylor admit that he and most other growers grow in their corn fields?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farmers continue to have to grow more and more corn to keep up with the supply and demand, but it's harming their farms.

Part 1: What are some of the problems of only growing corn in a field?

Part 2: Do you think that farmers should be pushed to grow so much corn?

Part 3: Why do you think farmers aren't trying to grow more diverse crops?

Essay Topic 2

Salatin talks to Pollan about the ways in which a farm can grow in line with the Earth to be more productive and healthy.

Part 1: Do you think that organic growing is the best way to grow for food supplies?

Part 2: Why do you think organic growing methods aren't always the best choice?

Part 3: Do you think that organic growing is more of a trend than a way of life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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