Forgot your password?  
Related Topics

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Pollan
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 113 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
Purchase our The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Lesson Plans

Mid-Book Test - Hard

Name: _____________________________ Period: ___________________________

This quiz 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

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?

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?

The organic farmers talk about how there is a price to pay when they want to be productive.

Part 1: Do you think that organic farming can ever be pure farming?

Part 2: Why do you think that organic farmers still grow their crops in an industrial way?

Part 3: Is there anything wrong with organic farmers being more industrial in their techniques?

(see the answer keys)

This section contains 630 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Lesson Plans
Copyrights
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals from BookRags. ©2009 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook