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. Pollan hopes to bring the reader back to their original _______ of food.

2. What is NOT one of the parts of corn that is separated out in the newly used process?

3. How many acres of woodland help Salatin continue to live outside the modern world?

4. Corn began to rise to fame when the government war factories turned into __________ factories.

5. The soda industry began to ______ their sodas, which led people to drink more and to buy more.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why do humans have the problem of the omnivore's dilemma, according to Pollan?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Corn is a food that seems to be dominant in the food chain, with it being a food for animals as well as a food for humans.

Part 1: Is it a good idea to have one food be so dominant in a food culture?

Part 2: Why do you think corn is something that is so dominant in the food culture?

Part 3: How do you think society can get away from corn or can it?

Essay Topic 2

The industrial method of growing corn appears to be causing more environmental damage than many might believe.

Part 1: Do you think farmers consider the environmental damage when growing corn?

Part 2: Do you think that farming can be more efficient? How?

Part 3: Why do you think industrial farming is so inefficient today?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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