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. The early researcher notes that _______ can be the result of situations that remind humans of their animal nature.

2. Bentham makes the argument that if there are some humans that lack the brainpower of a ________, why are they still included in the moral argument?

3. Activists appear to look at the __________ animal, which is not applicable to the natural world.

4. Salatin disagrees with the idea that organic food is ___________.

5. Pollan argues that ______ should be the basis for a new revolution, since it is what sustains and helps define culture.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Pollan surprised about when he begins to eat the meal that he has prepared?

3. What does Pollan begin to realize as he is preparing for his hunter's license?

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

5. What does Pollan point out about the loss of meat in one's diet?

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

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

8. What does Salatin suggest stores should do with their food which might make consumers shop differently?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The supersizing of foods and drinks has led to more sales for the soda drink companies.

Part 1: What do you think about the idea of supersizing your meals?

Part 2: Do you think that the idea of supersizing may have contributed to the growing obesity problem?

Part 3: Why do you think people tend to enjoy the idea of supersizing their meals and drinks?

Essay Topic 2

The main theme of the book is the omnivore's dilemma and it's one that Pollan returns to again and again.

Part 1: Do you think you face a dilemma when you sit down to eat?

Part 2: Why do you think Pollan believes that the dilemma is important?

Part 3: Should people think about where their food comes from or why they choose certain foods?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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