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 what part of the body can one determine just how much corn is being eaten by the person?

2. The factories from the war time began to produce ________ for farmers to help with their crops.

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

4. Salatin points out that being ________ doesn't necessarily mean that a farm is also going to be sustainable.

5. Pollan points out that the Republic of _______ exists today because of all of the excess corn in the market.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What was the role of Earl Butz in the corn industry, according to the book?

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

9. Why is high fructose corn syrup used in sodas today instead of regular sugar?

10. What are some of the other creatures and ingredients that are a part of the picture of the natural cow eating the natural grass?

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

The government doesn't encourage off the grid and natural farming, according to Pollan and Salatin's discussion.

Part 1: Why wouldn't the government encourage a more efficient way of farming?

Part 2: How do industrial farmers help the government?

Part 3: What might happen if the government supported farmers like Salatin?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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