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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 10 & 11.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What were a series of conflicts between the city of Los Angeles, farmers and ranchers in the Owens Valley of Eastern California, and environmentalists called?
(a) The Great Acquisition.
(b) The Urban Water Hoard.
(c) The California Water Wars.
(d) The Aquatic Revolution.

2. In January of 1862, San Francisco recorded how many inches of rain?
(a) 39.
(b) 27.
(c) 18.
(d) 12.

3. What from San Bernardino found their way to the 1884 World’s Fair in New Orleans, where they attracted crowds?
(a) Bing cherries.
(b) Red Delicious apples.
(c) Valencia oranges.
(d) Himalayan blackberries.

4. What handpicked Fresno legislature member once referred to groundwater regulation as “World War III”?
(a) Ray Roberts.
(b) Harry Morrison.
(c) Ken Maddy.
(d) Cordell Hull.

5. According to the author in Chapter Ten, “Figures for 1946, published in a Senate report on the acreage limitation, reveal that Standard Oil owned” how many acres in the probable CVP service area?
(a) 124,975.
(b) 267,532.
(c) 24,481.
(d) 79,844.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author states in Chapter Ten that agriculture uses what percent of all the water in California?

2. The author described the Gross National Product of California to be what in Chapter Ten?

3. According to the author, “[Ronald] Reagan, as a westerner, should have been a friend of dams, but he was growing more conservative by the hour, and true conservatives tend to dislike” what?

4. In 1885, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad linked Los Angeles directly with what city?

5. Chapter Ten is subtitled what?

(see the answer key)

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