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

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

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

4. What is the book that is considered to be the organic grower's bible?

5. Corn ________ early on to mass produce, but this also made the plant dependent on humans and animals.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the cows that produce organic milk for places like Whole Foods, according to Pollan?

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

3. What does the lack of a good culture in America cause among people?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point, the book brings up the idea that food should be the next revolution in America.

Part 1: Why might food be the basis for a new revolution?

Part 2: Do you think food is something that is causing divisiveness in the country today?

Part 3: How do you think the food supply might change if there was a revolution?

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

The supersizing of foods and drinks has led to more sales for the soda drink companies.

Part 1: What do you think about the idea of supersizing your meals?

Part 2: Do you think that the idea of supersizing may have contributed to the growing obesity problem?

Part 3: Why do you think people tend to enjoy the idea of supersizing their meals and drinks?

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