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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is considered to be the first researcher of the omnivore's dilemma?

2. Pollan has never ________ before he begins the new opportunity to learn about food chains.

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

4. What is the name of the person that Pollan goes with to deliver the foods to local restaurants?

5. Humans, when faced with a new _______, often take a small amount and wait for the results.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The organic farmers talk about how there is a price to pay when they want to be productive.

Part 1: Do you think that organic farming can ever be pure farming?

Part 2: Why do you think that organic farmers still grow their crops in an industrial way?

Part 3: Is there anything wrong with organic farmers being more industrial in their techniques?

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