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. Salatin pushes for the right to opt out of ____________ of his farm, according to the book.

2. The manure of the _______ is spread on all of the pastures without fouling the pasture with too many droppings.

3. What does Pollan admit about the chickens that Salatin sells on his farm?

4. The lack of a food _______ is something that causes humans to be susceptible to food fads.

5. Corn takes in more carbon _______ during the process of photosynthesis than other plants.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are the three different parts of the food chain that Pollan follows in this book?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The way that the cows are handled in industrial farms allows more chance of disease to the cow and to the human who eats the beef.

Part 1: How do you think animals should be treated when they are being raised as food?

Part 2: Do you think it's right to eat animals?

Part 3: Why do you think animals' health and well-being aren't always supported by those who raise them?

Essay Topic 2

At one point, the book brings up the idea that food should be the next revolution in America.

Part 1: Why might food be the basis for a new revolution?

Part 2: Do you think food is something that is causing divisiveness in the country today?

Part 3: How do you think the food supply might change if there was a revolution?

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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