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 push for corn has also led to the industrialization of _______ farms, according to Naylor.

2. What do many farmers rely on in order to create higher yields at their farms?

3. Salatin's ______ invented many of the methods of farming that are used on the farm today.

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

5. How many acres of woodland help Salatin continue to live outside the modern world?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What was the role of Earl Butz in the corn industry, according to the book?

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

4. Why is high fructose corn syrup used in sodas today instead of regular sugar?

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

6. What are some of the compounds that are derived from the various parts of the corn kernel?

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

8. What is the main idea behind the process of grass farming?

9. What are the three different parts of the food chain that Pollan follows in this 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

Pollan is surprised by the many things he learns about his food and where it comes from.

Part 1: Do you know where your food comes from?

Part 2: Why do you think people don't often think about where their food comes from?

Part 3: Do you feel it is important to know where your food comes from?

Essay Topic 2

Polyface Farm also strives to live off the grid in an effort to use as few resources as possible.

Part 1: Do you think it's possible for you to live without depending on the grid?

Part 2: Why do you think a person might want to live off the grid?

Part 3: How would your live change if you were to start living off the grid?

Essay Topic 3

The government doesn't encourage off the grid and natural farming, according to Pollan and Salatin's discussion.

Part 1: Why wouldn't the government encourage a more efficient way of farming?

Part 2: How do industrial farmers help the government?

Part 3: What might happen if the government supported farmers like Salatin?

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