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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 2 & 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In 1848, what was the population of San Francisco?
(a) 2,500.
(b) 9,000.
(c) 800.
(d) 4,500.

2. For what organization was Marc Reisner a staff writer from 1972 to 1979?
(a) The World Wildlife Fund.
(b) The Nature Conservancy.
(c) The Sierra Club.
(d) The Natural Resources Defense Council.

3. What does the author claim in the Introduction that, “because of their moisture requirements,” are our physiological counterparts in the kingdom of plants?
(a) Trees.
(b) Mushrooms.
(c) Ferns.
(d) Lichens.

4. According to the author, “New England was completely forested in 1620 and nearly deforested” how many years later?
(a) 150.
(b) 30.
(c) 85.
(d) 120.

5. What is the name given to the principal hydrological divide of the Americas that separates the watersheds which drain into the Pacific Ocean?
(a) The Continental Divide.
(b) The Canadian Spur.
(c) The Rocky Mountains.
(d) The American Ridge.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was Harrison Gray Otis born?

2. When was the revised and updated version of Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water published?

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

4. John Wesley Powell figured that if you evenly distributed all of the surface water flowing between the Columbia River and the Gulf of Mexico, you would have what?

5. The author states in the Introduction that California has the two biggest irrigation projects on earth, but its irrigated acreage is not much larger than what U.S. state?

(see the answer key)

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