Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 4 & 5.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator states in Chapter Four that “If the Colorado River suddenly stopped flowing, you would have” how many “years of carryover capacity in the reservoirs before you had to evacuate most of southern California and Arizona and a good portion of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming”?
(a) 15.
(b) 11.
(c) 4.
(d) 22.

2. 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 Rocky Mountains.
(b) The Continental Divide.
(c) The American Ridge.
(d) The Canadian Spur.

3. Who does the author refer to as “horse-drawn Fresnoscraper kind of contractor” in Chapter Four?
(a) Jim Casey.
(b) Emil Haury.
(c) W. A. Bechtel.
(d) Harry Morrison.

4. What is one of the largest and hottest deserts in North America, with an area of 311,000 square kilometers?
(a) The Sonoran Desert.
(b) The Gila Desert.
(c) The Sahara Desert.
(d) The Gobi Desert.

5. What is the title of Chapter Three?
(a) “A Country of Illusion.”
(b) “First Causes.”
(c) “The Red Queen.”
(d) “Things Fall Apart.”

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year was the Boulder Dam authorized and the All-American Canal on the condition that at least six of the seven states ratify the compact?

2. According to the author in the Introduction, “Fifty-six years after the first earth was turned beside City Creek, the Mormons had” how many “acres under full or partial irrigation in several states”?

3. When did Harrison Gray Otis move to Santa Barbara, California?

4. Who did Charles Rockwood convince to join forces with him in irrigation, according to the author in Chapter Four?

5. How many major dams does the author say California has in the Introduction?

(see the answer key)

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