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. Corn is also self _______ and wind pollinated, which is a process that Pollan describes in detail.

3. Salatin's is an _________ farm, dedicated to the old agrarian ideas of how things should be grown.

4. The increased ______ of corn has meant a drop in crop space for other plants, according to Naylor.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are the environmental results of the industrial method of farming, as Pollan finds out?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

For those who don't make a lot of money, fast food is a way to get higher calorie meals for less money.

Part 1: Do you think fast food is a bad thing?

Part 2: Why do you think lower income families choose fast food over healthy foods?

Part 3: How do you think fast food restaurants and grocery stores could help lower income families eat better?

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

Salatin's farming methods focus on efficiency and building up a system that helps maintain itself.

Part 1: How do you think industrial farms lack efficiency?

Part 2: Why do you think natural farming methods are more efficient?

Part 3: Do you think every farmer can be more efficient?

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