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 soda industry began to ______ their sodas, which led people to drink more and to buy more.

2. Hybrid corn is a __________ hog, according to this chapter, and is able to be grown without disruption of fertility issues.

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

4. Pollan points out during the book that omnivores face a __________ when they eat today.

5. Where do all of the parts of the corn end up in as a result of the new process to separate its parts?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pollan note as being a problem with organic foods being labeled as organic, as shown in the example of the lettuce?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the hybrid corn that is described in this section of the book?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Salatin talks to Pollan about the ways in which a farm can grow in line with the Earth to be more productive and healthy.

Part 1: Do you think that organic growing is the best way to grow for food supplies?

Part 2: Why do you think organic growing methods aren't always the best choice?

Part 3: Do you think that organic growing is more of a trend than a way of life?

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