The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Test | Final 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. Pollan sees some mushrooms which he believes to be ___________, though he is not sure enough to eat them.

2. There are parts of the world, Pollan points out, where the only use of the land is for _______, otherwise it would be useless.

3. Pollan also makes two entrees, one of grilled and one of braised __________.

4. Depending on how the animals were ________, different foods can contain different amounts of omega fatty acids.

5. Singer argues that a lifetime of __________ for an animal does not justify the pleasure of a man's taste buds.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Pollan surprised about when he begins to eat the meal that he has prepared?

2. What is the irony that Pollan sees when he is looking over the delicious meal?

3. What does Pollan begin to experience after a day of hunting for a wild boar?

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

5. What does Pollan attempt to do as he is reading the book "Animal Liberation"?

6. What is the fundamental argument in Singer's book about the ethics of meat?

7. What does Pollan point out about the loss of meat in one's diet?

8. What is the other part of the meal that Pollan has to abandon as a part of his plan?

9. What do omnivores do when they are faced with a new food?

10. Why is Pollan disgusted by the picture of him with a pig that he hunted?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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