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. What is the name of the once trash strewn park that was turned into a community garden?

2. What is the name of the person who began to take away the programs to help the farmers?

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

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

5. The pastures are filled with native grasses that actually benefit from ____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What indicates a higher ratio of corn being eaten in a human's diet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does most of the corn planting farming rely on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO)?

9. Describe the Salatin farm as Pollan views it in the book from his experiences visiting there.

10. What are some of the other creatures and ingredients that are a part of the picture of the natural cow eating the natural grass?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

Farmers continue to have to grow more and more corn to keep up with the supply and demand, but it's harming their farms.

Part 1: What are some of the problems of only growing corn in a field?

Part 2: Do you think that farmers should be pushed to grow so much corn?

Part 3: Why do you think farmers aren't trying to grow more diverse crops?

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