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. To combat the human end of the imperfect system, marketers add ______ to their raw product -- making it a novelty.

2. Salatin doesn't follow the USDA guidelines by processing his _________ in an open air building without any walls.

3. The lack of a food _______ is something that causes humans to be susceptible to food fads.

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

5. Salatin uses the animals to create a _________ system that also bolsters efficiency on the farm.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do omnivores do when they are faced with a new food?

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

3. What does Pollan try to make, but then decides that he shouldn't use it because it doesn't seem right?

4. What does Pollan begin to realize as he is preparing for his hunter's license?

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

6. What is in the meal that Pollan makes at the end of this section, which he describes as being phenomenal?

7. What are some of the ways in which humans have learned to overcome the plant's defenses?

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

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

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

The main theme of the book is the omnivore's dilemma and it's one that Pollan returns to again and again.

Part 1: Do you think you face a dilemma when you sit down to eat?

Part 2: Why do you think Pollan believes that the dilemma is important?

Part 3: Should people think about where their food comes from or why they choose certain foods?

Essay Topic 2

There is a form of corn that is lower in quality than the corn in many foods, and it is fed to the animals.

Part 1: Do you think that lower quality food should be served to animals?

Part 2: Why do you think there is so much extra corn that can be used without any concern for quality?

Part 3: How do you think the farmers might be able to provide better quality feed for their animals?

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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