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. Each acre of corn, according to Pollan needs to have _________ gallons of fossil fuel to support it.

2. What is the name of the development lab that Pollan visits in order to learn more about corn?

3. How many generations have been at the Salatin farm, all committed to alternative farming?

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

5. By _______, the government became involved in the organic market, as it sought to define what it meant to be organic.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Pollan point out as being the ingredients that are in a common breakfast cereal?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For those who don't make a lot of money, fast food is a way to get higher calorie meals for less money.

Part 1: Do you think fast food is a bad thing?

Part 2: Why do you think lower income families choose fast food over healthy foods?

Part 3: How do you think fast food restaurants and grocery stores could help lower income families eat better?

Essay Topic 2

Pollan is surprised by the many things he learns about his food and where it comes from.

Part 1: Do you know where your food comes from?

Part 2: Why do you think people don't often think about where their food comes from?

Part 3: Do you feel it is important to know where your food comes from?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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