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. Overcoming human senses had sometimes been vital, as in the case of bitter ______________.

2. How many boars do Pollan and the others find when they go back to hunt after lunch?

3. What would the company that raised Pollan's steer not allow him to do?

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

5. America does not have consistent eating _______, which is what has caused a national eating disorder.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are the eating patterns in many American households today?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea behind grass farming is to begin and end with a highly renewable resource - grass.

Part 1: Why do you think Salatin decided to be a grass farmer?

Part 2: Does the idea of being a grass farmer seem like a lot of work?

Part 3: How do you think an industrial farmer could implement the ideas of grass farming. Or couldn't they?

Essay Topic 2

The industrial method of growing corn appears to be causing more environmental damage than many might believe.

Part 1: Do you think farmers consider the environmental damage when growing corn?

Part 2: Do you think that farming can be more efficient? How?

Part 3: Why do you think industrial farming is so inefficient today?

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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