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. Both food that is prepared and harvested as well as that from a store should be a part of an occasional _______ meal.

2. Buying local foods grown in a __________ manner underwrites a set of values important to the people.

3. Some believe that human ________ is different from that of animals because humans are capable of suffering.

4. Pollan equates the feeling of everything coming into focused while also being completely relaxed to being ________.

5. Pollan notes that the fact that humans have the _______ to question eating animals makes them different.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is there a national eating disorder, according to Pollan's findings?

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

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

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

10. What does Ortega y Gasset have to say about the idea of hunting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Salatin's farming methods focus on efficiency and building up a system that helps maintain itself.

Part 1: How do you think industrial farms lack efficiency?

Part 2: Why do you think natural farming methods are more efficient?

Part 3: Do you think every farmer can be more efficient?

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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