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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 8 & 9.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What western city does the author describe “with exotic palms and golf-course lawns and a five-hundred-foot fountain and an artificial surf” in the Introduction?
(a) Phoenix, Arizona.
(b) Reno, Nevada.
(c) Bakersfield, California.
(d) Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2. In 1962, the total amount of federally built reservoir storage in the nation was somewhere around how many acres-feet?
(a) 80 million.
(b) 300 million.
(c) 950 million.
(d) 2 billion.

3. In which year does the author state that “Congress received two separate reports on developing the Kings and the Kern: one on a traditional Reclamation project, the other on a project that purported to be for flood control, but which, by controlling the river’s runoff and drying up Tulare Lake, would irrigate a roughly equal amount of land”?
(a) 1904.
(b) 1940.
(c) 1955.
(d) 1929.

4. What is the title of the book’s Introduction?
(a) First Causes.
(b) Rivals in Crime.
(c) A Semidesert with a Desert Heart.
(d) Chinatown.

5. In what county is Phoenix, Arizona?
(a) Mohave County.
(b) Maricopa County.
(c) Navajo County.
(d) Apache County.

Short Answer Questions

1. What word used in the book’s Introduction means allowing the maximum passage of light, as glass?

2. The author begins Chapter Three by stating, “When archaeologists from some other planet sift through the bleached bones of our civilization, they may well conclude that our temples were” what?

3. The 17.5-million-acre-foot yield that the Compact negotiators had ascribed to the Colorado River was based on about how many years of stream flow measurement, according to the author in Chapter Eight?

4. What is the name given to the principal hydrological divide of the Americas that separates the watersheds which drain into the Pacific Ocean?

5. What were the two sheep-ranching Mormon brothers named who were captivated by the Boulder Canyon Project, according to the author in Chapter Four?

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