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 farm and the human are two ________ natural systems that the food industry relies on.

2. By _______, the government became involved in the organic market, as it sought to define what it meant to be organic.

3. What is the name of the farm that Salatin runs?

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

5. The factories from the war time began to produce ________ for farmers to help with their crops.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Pollan point out as a downside of there being more organic farms around today?

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

8. What does Naylor admit that he and most other growers grow in their corn fields?

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

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

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 prices of organic and sustainably grown foods is higher than regular foods.

Part 1: Do you mind paying higher prices for better food?

Part 2: Why do you think organic and sustainably grown foods have to cost more?

Part 3: Do you think higher food prices keep some people away from these types of foods?

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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