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 grass also gets a chance to ________ when the cattle is moved around.

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

3. Pollan learns that most organic _______ comes from factory farms, even though they seem to be "better."

4. _________ Farm started out as a small farm that sold pre-bagged salad mix, according to the book.

5. What do many farmers rely on in order to create higher yields at their farms?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pollan suggest that our intelligence allows a person to do that an animal cannot?

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

3. What is the history of Polyface Farm, according to the book?

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

5. What is the other part of the meal that Pollan has to abandon as a part of his plan?

6. Why is Pollan disgusted by the picture of him with a pig that he hunted?

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

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

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

10. What are some of the downsides for shopping for local, sustainably grown foods?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The way that the cows are handled in industrial farms allows more chance of disease to the cow and to the human who eats the beef.

Part 1: How do you think animals should be treated when they are being raised as food?

Part 2: Do you think it's right to eat animals?

Part 3: Why do you think animals' health and well-being aren't always supported by those who raise them?

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

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?

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