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. Every day, the ________ pens are moved to ensure that the droppings spread evenly.

2. Pollan points out that the industrial method of farming has led to increased ________ and polluted groundwater.

3. The Naylor farm has turned from a diverse farm to one that has become a _________ production mecca.

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

5. Corn ________ early on to mass produce, but this also made the plant dependent on humans and animals.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the ways in which humans have learned to overcome the plant's defenses?

2. Why does most of the corn planting farming rely on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO)?

3. What does Pollan begin to realize as he is preparing for his hunter's license?

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

5. Why is Bev having troubles getting his eggs into stores and into the market?

6. What are some of the other creatures and ingredients that are a part of the picture of the natural cow eating the natural grass?

7. What does Pollan suggest that our intelligence allows a person to do that an animal cannot?

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

9. Why does Salatin disagree with the argument that organic food costs too much?

10. Why do humans seem to eat what other humans eat, according to Pollan?

Essay 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

Farmers continue to have to grow more and more corn to keep up with the supply and demand, but it's harming their farms.

Part 1: What are some of the problems of only growing corn in a field?

Part 2: Do you think that farmers should be pushed to grow so much corn?

Part 3: Why do you think farmers aren't trying to grow more diverse crops?

Essay Topic 3

Locally grown foods are said to taste better than those that are shipped from far away places.

Part 1: Do you think local foods are better for those who eat them?

Part 2: Why do you think locally grown foods might taste better?

Part 3: How do you choose your foods - price or taste?

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