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. The early researcher notes that _______ can be the result of situations that remind humans of their animal nature.

2. Pollan believes that the hunter and gatherer food chain is the most ___________.

3. __________ involves higher emotions of dread, shame, and fear, according to Pollan.

4. Supporting farms help animals to have safer lives than they might have in the ________, according to Pollan.

5. _________ foods are those that are generally recognized to be toxic to humans.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Pollan feel when a boar is right before him and his gun was not cocked?

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

5. Why does Pollan think that the hunter-gatherer food chain is not a realistic choice?

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

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

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

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

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

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 main theme of the book is the omnivore's dilemma and it's one that Pollan returns to again and again.

Part 1: Do you think you face a dilemma when you sit down to eat?

Part 2: Why do you think Pollan believes that the dilemma is important?

Part 3: Should people think about where their food comes from or why they choose certain foods?

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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