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. The increased ______ of corn has meant a drop in crop space for other plants, according to Naylor.

2. Corn became a _________ because of its many applications for use by the settlers.

3. Where does Pollan find himself first questioning what the food on the market is made of?

4. Who introduced the idea of using corn to the English settlers?

5. Corn is also able to limit the ______ lost during the process of photosynthesis, according to the book.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Pollan note as being a problem with organic foods being labeled as organic, as shown in the example of the lettuce?

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

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

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

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

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

The idea behind grass farming is to begin and end with a highly renewable resource - grass.

Part 1: Why do you think Salatin decided to be a grass farmer?

Part 2: Does the idea of being a grass farmer seem like a lot of work?

Part 3: How do you think an industrial farmer could implement the ideas of grass farming. Or couldn't they?

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