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

2. To help combat how much a person can eat, the food industry has created ________ starch that can allow people to eat more.

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

4. Corn ________ early on to mass produce, but this also made the plant dependent on humans and animals.

5. What does the farmer use to cover the chicken waste in the compost pile?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is another impact of the push for corn in farming, related to another type of industrialized food supply?

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

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

4. What does the Salatin farm not need to use because it practices other methods of pest control and fertilization?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a form of corn that is lower in quality than the corn in many foods, and it is fed to the animals.

Part 1: Do you think that lower quality food should be served to animals?

Part 2: Why do you think there is so much extra corn that can be used without any concern for quality?

Part 3: How do you think the farmers might be able to provide better quality feed for their animals?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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