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. What does the farmer use to cover the chicken waste in the compost pile?

2. _________ Farm started out as a small farm that sold pre-bagged salad mix, according to the book.

3. The factories from the war time began to produce ________ for farmers to help with their crops.

4. The pastures are filled with native grasses that actually benefit from ____________.

5. Many of the products at the health store where Pollan shops contain foods from the _________ food chain.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does a person need to know in order to succeed with grass farming?

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

5. Describe the Salatin farm as Pollan views it in the book from his experiences visiting there.

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

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

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

9. What is corn starch broken down into after it has been processed in the wet milling process?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The organic farmers talk about how there is a price to pay when they want to be productive.

Part 1: Do you think that organic farming can ever be pure farming?

Part 2: Why do you think that organic farmers still grow their crops in an industrial way?

Part 3: Is there anything wrong with organic farmers being more industrial in their techniques?

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

Much of the image of what 'organic' is may not be true, according to Pollan's findings.

Part 1: Why do you think people are so drawn to the idea of something being organic?

Part 2: Do you choose organic foods? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think a person can make a more informed decision about the foods they buy and eat?

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