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. What does Pollan need to prepare for that allows him to become more aware of his natural surroundings?

2. As ________ has become popular, animal rights activists have been highlighting the unethical treatment of animals.

3. Pollan wants to create a meal in full ________ of the foods involved and how they came to be on his table.

4. Pollan notes that one of the lessons of hunting for food is _________, and of the relationships between man and food.

5. What is a sign that the food is something that should not be eaten again?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pollan point out as being a failing of the industrialized food chain?

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

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

4. What does Garro bring to the meal that Pollan has already asked him to bring?

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

6. What is in the meal that Pollan makes at the end of this section, which he describes as being phenomenal?

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

8. What is the reason why Garro hunts for the food in the woods?

9. What are some of the downsides for shopping for local, sustainably grown foods?

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

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

Corn is a food that seems to be dominant in the food chain, with it being a food for animals as well as a food for humans.

Part 1: Is it a good idea to have one food be so dominant in a food culture?

Part 2: Why do you think corn is something that is so dominant in the food culture?

Part 3: How do you think society can get away from corn or can it?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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