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 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

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

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 3

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?

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