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 is the number of the steer that Pollan has picked out for his meal?

2. What does Pollan decide that he wants to gather from a local pond, though he ends up not using it?

3. The alliance between chefs and small farmers is what helps _____________ flourish.

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

5. What does Pollan do with Garro, even though he has to turn away from disgust at one point?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pollan try to make, but then decides that he shouldn't use it because it doesn't seem right?

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

3. Where can Pollan buy some of the Salatin farm's produce?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Pollan change his eating habits after reading "Animal Liberation"?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

For those who don't make a lot of money, fast food is a way to get higher calorie meals for less money.

Part 1: Do you think fast food is a bad thing?

Part 2: Why do you think lower income families choose fast food over healthy foods?

Part 3: How do you think fast food restaurants and grocery stores could help lower income families eat better?

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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