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. Corn is also able to limit the ______ lost during the process of photosynthesis, according to the book.

2. Every day, Salatin moves his cattle to a new _________ every day to ensure balance.

3. Pollan argues that Salatin's method of farming is far more efficient in terms of _________ to produce calories.

4. What is the underlying foundation of the entire Salatin farm, according to Pollan?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pollan point out as being the ingredients that are in a common breakfast cereal?

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

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

4. What is the hybrid corn that is described in this section of the book?

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

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

7. What are three of the benefits to grass farming, as outlined by Pollan?

8. What happens during the wet mill process of processing corn?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The idea behind grass farming is to begin and end with a highly renewable resource - grass.

Part 1: Why do you think Salatin decided to be a grass farmer?

Part 2: Does the idea of being a grass farmer seem like a lot of work?

Part 3: How do you think an industrial farmer could implement the ideas of grass farming. Or couldn't they?

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