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 is also self _______ and wind pollinated, which is a process that Pollan describes in detail.

2. How many atoms does corn utilize during photosynthesis, unlike others?

3. Salatin's is an _________ farm, dedicated to the old agrarian ideas of how things should be grown.

4. Salatin pushes for the right to opt out of ____________ of his farm, according to the book.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is corn starch broken down into after it has been processed in the wet milling process?

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

6. What does Pollan point out is the start of any of the foods in the food chain, which came as a surprise to him?

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

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

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

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

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

The food industry, according to Pollan, relies on two imperfect natural systems - the farm and the human.

Part 1: What do you think might create a more perfect system for farming?

Part 2: Is it even possible to have a perfect system for farming?

Part 3: Do you think the farms or the humans are more to blame for the troubles in the food chain right now?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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